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When a hurricane starts to form and head towards land, it's probably time to batten down the hatches and count your tins of beans.
But if said hurricane looks like a giant penis, then it is obviously hilarious.
Hurricane Walaka was at one point taken very seriously, as it began to grow worryingly over the Pacific and head inland towards Alaska. However, the hurricane has since softened and maps projecting its path have rendered it a laughing stock.
The projections were shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Central Pacific Hurricane Centre with the intent of advising people as to when it might arrive at land; but in reality, all they did was make people laugh lots.
That's because the computer generated graphics made Hurricane Walaka look like a giant penis - a Hurricock, if you will.
The following tweets pretty much summarise the seriousness with which people took the projections:
One person said: "Walaka needs to see a doctor, stat!" while another added: "Haha. Walaka getting a little ballsy today" and a third person said: "Well well well, seems like Walaka is a little bit excited."
And the rest? Well, a theme developed. "Six to nine inches are expected." "They're projecting 6 to 9. They'll only get 3." You get the picture.
Similar penis based blunders have amused the people before - as recently as January, a storm map by the Gulf Coast Storm Center made it look as though a large knob was growing over Mississippi and penetrating Tennessee.
But it's not just the States that gets all the cocky weather. In December, a graphic depicted Storm Caroline as a giant drooping purple penis severing Britain. One Twitter user summarised the situation quite well, saying: "Bloody hell, Surrey's getting fucked by the weather."
The real question, then, is at what point does weather shaped like a penis stop being funny? If a tornado rips through your home and sends your cat flying to Mars, is it forgiven if it resembles male genitals as it does so? Does heavy rain not ruin your walk home if it pours out of a big grey cock cloud? If you are struck by a big boner lightning bolt, is it too hysterical for you to feel pain?
At what point does anything shaped like a penis stop being funny, for that matter? Will laying out your birthday cake candles in the shape of a big ol' willy still be funny when you turn 100?
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