Federal Mascots

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From Janis:


“Mascot Watch: NOAA’s Lightning Strike
By Tom Shoop | Tuesday, June 19, 2007  |  03:35 PM

Awhile back, I did a series of posts on federal mascots, in the process learning that there are many more of them than I ever knew existed. And apparently more are being added all the time. Here, for example, is a one I just found out about: Leon the Lightning Lion:


Leon is the creation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and he’s designed to call attention to the dangers of lightning strikes. (Next week is, after all, Lightning Safety Week.) And he’s got an awesome catchphrase: “When thunder roars, go indoors!”

By the way, in case you thought getting struck by lightning was no big deal, NOAA reports that it can cause “memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and an inability to sit for long.” Oh, and also, death.”


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