‘Snowmania’ in Zambia

h/t Argiris Diamantis

THE Zambia Meteorological Department says the recent hailstorm in some parts of Lusaka was due to a cool vertical atmosphere that did not support its melting into rain.
In a statement following Sunday’s heavy hailstorm, senior meteorological officer Victor Bupe said a cold front over the southeast coast of South Africa tilted towards the north, thereby interacting with the Congo air mass over the eastern half of Zambia.

“The fall of ice found a vertical atmosphere that could not support ice melting into rain,” said Bupe.

The Mast Online

‘Snowmania’ hits Lusaka after rare Winter Rains

Images showing some excited residents of Lusaka posing in what appears to be piles of Snow have flooded several social media platforms.

On Sunday evening, Lusaka and surrounding areas recorded heavy rains which turned a hailstorm, a rare occurrence in May.

The hailstorm saw piles of hailstones forming in several parts of the city and covered some busy streets to the amusement of some residents.

In some parts of Makeni area, residents from Children and elderly ones ran out in the chilly weather and posed for photos playing with the hailstones.

Others even started creating structures such as Snowman while others boasted that Lusaka has now started experiencing snow just like other cities in Europe and the Americas.

The hailstorm has now brought it with it low temperatures averaging 12 degrees Celsius from Monday.

The Meteorological Department last month warned that the coming Winter season will be one of the coldest ever recorded.

More pictures at Lusaka Times

You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises

h/t USteiner

From the Sad but True Department;

The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial.

That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship. Then a peer-reviewed academic journal in the social sciences accepted and published it.

This paper should never have been published.

The Climate Change aspect of this craziness is not unprecedented

But at least in this hoax paper the Social Science/Climate Change case is irrefutable 😜

You read that right. We argued that climate change is “conceptually” caused by penises. How do we defend that assertion?

If you’re having trouble understanding what any of that means, there are two important points to consider. First, we don’t understand it either. Nobody does. This problem should have rendered it unpublishable in all peer-reviewed, academic journals. Second, these examples are remarkably lucid compared to much of the rest of the paper.

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No one knows what any of this means because it is complete nonsense. Anyone claiming to is pretending. Full stop.

It gets worse. Not only is the text ridiculous, so are the references. Most of our references are quotations from papers and figures in the field that barely make sense in the context of the text.

Read the rest here

Update #1

It seems this story its travelling now with some deeply ironic defence;

More here

Update #2

SOKAL AFFAIR 2.0: PENIS ENVY: ADDRESSING ITS CRITICS

Unfortunately, it was taken entirely seriously and rated “outstanding” by peer-review. This has produced much criticism of Cogent Social Science and also of the state of discourse within gender studies. It has also produced some criticism of the hoax and five primary objections can be distinguished.

Continues…

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