Arctic blast to send the temperatures tumbling
Cold snap could last for 10 days, the Weather Service said
In other news, a Happy 50th Birthday to our beloved sky blue friends, "The Smurfs," originally Les Schtroumpfs in French. The announcement of this milestone brought back not just found memories of a happy communal fairyland thriving despite the presence of a singular Smurfette and baby, but also of a surprisingly controversial conversation that I had while living in Barcelona with some of my wonderful Belgian friends. A question of national ownership arose while discussing the blue guys and I, as an American watcher of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, felt pride in such a well made American cartoon, while the Belgians gasped and demanded that I recognize the cartoon's creator Peyo, a native son of Belgium.We finally agreed to compromise, or rather I finally made an attempt at a diplomatic statement to settle the issue. Something to the effect of, "While we do credit the Smurf's very existence to the artistic genius of Peyo, we also acknowledge that it would never have been shared by millions of children around the world if not for the efforts of Hanna-Barbera." The Belgians then replied that maybe a future in diplomacy was in store for me someday. Some wars have been started over less.
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