Britain Blows, Midwest Snows

Britain is a nightmarish hellhole where existence is a pitiless struggle in even the calmest of times, so it is heartbreaking to watch this remarkable footage of its wretched denizens forced to contend with heavy wind. Scroll down here for an even more remarkable graphic delineating the types of gust.

Meanwhile, I always suspected that the comical stereotype of Minnesotans as good-natured goofs who enjoy the simple wonder of everyday events as tourist board spin designed to disguise the fact that nothing really happens in Minnesota anyway so why not portray slack-jawedness as innocent joy, but the way these poor Midwestern saps react to snow convinces me that no, they really do regard the weather with empty-headed delight. I guess it takes all kinds to make a world.