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Raccoons in the News


On the topic of "The Web really does have everything..."
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Aside:It feels a little weird to follow up the post on Kurt Vonnegut with one on, well, Raccoons in the News, but then again something has to follow the other post, and I have to think this is the sort of story and weird coincidence that he'd approve of anyway.
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While on the Daily Sun website looking at their coverage of Kurt Vonnegut's passing, I noticed what I thought was a news story on the right-hand sidebar about a girl falling into a gorge and landing on a raccoon.  This stuck out for me because I remember a news story from when I was at Cornell about a student falling into a gorge and being saved when she landed on a raccoon (don't ask me why I remembered it).  Now Cornell does have a lot of students and a lot of gorges (and I'm sure it's fair share of raccoons), but I figure the odds of this type of thing happening more than once are pretty slim.

I click on the link and discover it's not a new news story but rather a forum posting by someone who attended Cornell back in the early 90's (when I was there) who was trying to see if anyone else recalled that story.

I was about to post a response to say that I remembered it, too, when I noticed that someone had already Googled it and included a link to a "Raccoons in the News" site that had a copy of the UPI article on the story.  (And, after reading it again, I'm pretty sure I know the person who wrote it, because I remember people giving him a hard time a few years afterwards about the "The raccoon is recovering at a local animal shelter" line.)

Which really just goes to show you that the Web does have everything.  And so, without further ado...


Raccoons in the News