Saturday, July 14, 2007

The year without a summer

The best company name I've heard so far is Never Summer, a Denver, CO based snowboard manufacturer.

I've always thought they should name their best board 1816, in memory of the year withtout a summer. Who knows? Maybe someday they will.

For those of us who weren't born in 1816, here's the story:

Global cooling following the enormous volcanic eruption of Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora on April 5, 1815. That eruption injected so much dust in the upper atmosphere that the amount of sunlight reaching the groud decreased until the dust settled out, causing widespread famines even in North America and Europe due to cold temperatures and reduced crop yields in the summer of 1816 (“the year without a summer”).

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