In ye olden times it would rain and rain and rain... the cats and dogs would drown and float about in the streets....

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yep!

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Watch out, mirth - dont step in that little poodle!

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'A Desc<x>ription of a City Shower', first published in the 1710 collection of the Tattler magazine. <br />
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Threat'ning with Deluge this devoted Town.<br />
Now from all Parts the swelling Kennels flow,<br />
And bear their Trophies with them as they go:<br />
Filth of all Hues and Odours seem to tell<br />
What Street they sail'd from, by their Sight and Smell.<br />
They, as each Torrent drives, with rapid Force,<br />
From Smithfield or St. Pulchre's shape their Course,<br />
And in huge Confluent join'd at Snow-Hill Ridge,<br />
Fall from the Conduit, prone to Holbourn-Bridge.<br />
Sweeping from Butchers Stalls, Dung, Guts, and Blood,<br />
Drown'd Puppies, stinking Sprats, all drench'd in Mud,<br />
Dead Cats and Turnip-Tops come tumbling down the Flood.

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aren't you glad you asked?

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aww.It's a sad saying.

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I'd hazard a guess at a whirlwind sucking them up and dropping them a few miles down the road

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probably from new zealand or somewhere stupid like that

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