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Friday, October 01, 2004

Mt. St. Helens 

Now Mt. St. Helens is erupting. This is the 5th natural disaster to befall a swing state in the past few weeks (the first four were hurricanes hitting Florida, for those of you who were asleep). Is this evidence that Halliburton is bidding to take over the Red Cross, or that John Kerry will flip-flop on FEMA funding? Discuss.

(Who the hell was St. Helens, you ask?

Mount St. Helens was named by explorer George Vancouver to honor his friend, Alleyne Fitzherbert. Apparently "Mount Fitzherbert" sounded stupid to Vancouver, so he chose to go with his friend's title, Baron St. Helens, instead. As far as I can tell, the title comes from the English borough of St. Helens, itself being named for a church found there which is dedicated to Saint Helen. Either the apostrophe was lost at some point(probably by the Baron or some other dumbass aristocrat) or the church's founders wanted to honor the many St. Helens described on this page in equal measure.

I hope this teaches you to ask questions.

Also, this information is based on no more than 4.5 minutes of Googling, and is therefore likely incorrect in at least two ways).

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