Typhoon Yolanda, Lucy Westenra, and the worst storm in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) passed through Central Philippines yesterday and left a trail of destruction, uprooting large trees, pulling out house roofs, and flooding the coastal cities. It was the world’s strongest typhoon with winds of 295 kph, above the 252 kph threshold for a Category 5 typhoon in the Saffir-Simpson scale (c.f. CNN). The images and videos of the typhoon, such as ABS-CBN’s Atom Araullo’s coverage in Tacloban City, Leyte as shown above, reminds me of the sudden storm in Bram Stoker’s Dracula:

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Catholic dating tips: Lessons from a strip-tease dancer

Why do many men go to clubs to watch a strip-tease dancer do her art?  Well, she can simply go out naked on stage, gyrate, and spread her legs, but there would be nothing exciting about it.  It’s just that: there is no more room for imagination.  As Einstein said, imagination is more powerful than knowledge.  So to arouse men’s sexual passions, a strip-tease dancer has to invite men to a journey of discovery by making them think and guess what lies more beyond than meets the eye.  A strip-tease dancer must turn herself into a rosebud with her petals all wrapped up, and then slowly bloom before men’s eyes, opening each petal one by one as the Spring opens skillfully and mysteriously her first rose: the outer coat, shirt, and bra; the skirt, the shoes, the stockings, the half-slip, and underwear.  And finally there is nothing left to see, but a woman gyrating on stage.