When I read the inventory of things this ‘genteel’ lady had secreted about her person I wondered big the muff she was carrying was!
Not only that, how did she get the other things under her skirts without someone noticing?
Quite a selection she had stashed away there. Apart from the clothing she seemed to be just doing her shopping for a nice night in with a friend. Oysters, broiled crab, codfish, fruit, vegetables, dessert and some reading material. Along with the cut glass tumblers, all she needed was a bottle of red and she was set.
We have had a fair bit of rain in the last few days. I have put in this extra post today as there is not any point saving it until tomorrow. Melbourne weather being what it is, there is every chance it will be bright and sunny, regardless of the forecast, causing a rainy day article to be entirely inappropriate!
The Herald-Sun newspaper website has a few photos of inappropriately attired office workers caught in the rising waters on Wednesday on the corner of Williams and Lonsdale streets. This article is from 1928 with a photo of the floodwaters in Elizabeth Street, just a few blocks from there. The skyline is very different these days!
The caption reads: This photograph, taken during a flash of lightning from the steps of ”The Argus’ office, shows the flooded state of Elizabeth street at the height of the storm. The tramcar could not proceed owing to the flood water.
I loved this. She then lit a cigarette and strolled away. How cool was she.
Of course the next bit could have been ‘and went and changed her trousers’, who knows. Either way, most people would still have been screaming when the plane landed, unable to light their cigarette as their hand was shaking too badly!
I am betting that the pilot in this little story was treated with a little less trust in the future by the rest of the flight mechanics.
I often wonder about people’s attitudes of the past when I find articles detailing their reactions to strange and unusual creatures that they have encountered. Generally the first thing they do is reach for their gun. Nobody ever wants to catch them and find out about them.
I understand that if you out in the bush on your own and something with big teeth and claws decides you are the next course, reaching for your weapon is the only logical course of action, but generally the attitude seems to be shoot first, ask questions later, regardless of the threat.
This article is a perfect example of a complete overreaction and unnecessary use of weaponry. The strange creature they shot and sent away for identification was a koala. Hmmm.
If you have ever seen a koala in the zoo you will have noticed that it is hardly a marauding killer. In the zoo, in the bush, their behaviour is all the same. They sit, they sleep and they eat. Generally all in the same place if they can. They only move when the leaves run out, and the only time a koala ever gets scary is in mating season. Just because of the terrifying noise they make. How could these people have shot one as a new and exciting monster? It was hardly rampaging around in the treetops and threatening death from above.
If this rabbiting party had such trouble identifying a common koala I shudder to think what they could have bought home for dinner.
I wonder what this strange creature was. The only thing I could think of with a tail heavy enough to dig a rut like that was a crocodile. Fortunately for us they are not a tree-dwelling species!
I admit that my cryptozoological knowledge is not overly extensive but I was surprised that I had never heard of a kumi before. My internet search for one mostly bought up beautiful Asian women. Not usually found in trees dragging a heavy tail….
I kept searching and found this other article, published a few days earlier, about the mysterious kumi. It turns out that it is a type of lizard. Australia has no shortage of beautiful and interesting lizards but, really, we don’t need another one that is huge and lives in trees. Goannas do climb trees and are not something to be trifled with, but surely these people hunting the kumi had seen a goanna before, they are hardly sneakily elusive.
Until 18,000 years ago we did have the 5 metre plus Megalania, but at that size it was never going to live in a tree. Just as well. Several hundred kilos of lizard dropping on you would certainly negate the need for the giant claws and teeth (and possible venom glands) it also possessed.
I doubt that a pygmy strain of Megalania had managed to keep going undetected in the wilds of Gisborne until 1898. I wonder if this kumi was an exceptionally impressive specimen of the standard goanna or something else? I can’t imagine what that something else might be though. A Komodo dragon dropped by aliens? 😉
I found reports that when Captain Cook was in New Zealand he had been warned by the Maoris that there were giant lizards living in the trees nearby. Sounds a bit to me like they were trying to keep Cook from making himself too comfortable, a bit like the ‘drop bear’ foreign tourists are often warned about when visiting Australia!
Twelve thousand plus tentacles clinging onto your ship. Not a good day on the high seas.
I wonder if the two poisoned sailors were poisoned dead, or just poisoned sick?
Were large amounts of octopussies a common thing in Erquy Bay? If not this is an even more interesting event. Yeah, I know, octopussies is not a real word, but octopi and octopuses sound no better.
I tried looking for a collective noun for a group of octopus and it would appear that there isn’t really one. I think if you were on the wrong end of this small invasion in 1906 you might have gone for legion, army or horde. In my search I found someone suggesting a tangle of octopus. That works for me, I think the first word to mind when you saw a large group of octopus would be tangle.
What a great ‘one that got away’ tale for the fishermen, I doubt their day would usually involve beating off sea creatures with a hatchet. I sincerely hope one of the besieged sailors backed away from the side, up to the captain and said, ‘You’re going to need a bigger boat’.
If you know the actual term for a group of octopus please tell me!