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'It's raining pocket knives': Hurricane Sandy inspires unusual figures of speech

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As Hurricane Sandy causes massive destruction on the East Coast, the inquisitive Mental Floss reports on the expression (and non-racist Halloween costume idea) "It's raining cats and dogs" and examines how the rest of the world describes a downpour.

Disastrous deluges, shown historically to hydrate a human propensity for idiom construction, have flooded the planet with fanciful, unusual and somewhat sexist figures of speech regarding this type of weather event. Take a sip of the list below. Full details via Mental Floss:

Denmark

  • "It’s raining cobbler boys," or "It's raining shoemakers’ apprentices."
  • "Det regner skomagerdrenge."

France

  • "It’s raining like a pissing cow."
  • "Il pleut comme vache qui pisse."

Norway

  • "It’s raining troll women," or "It’s raining witches."
  • "Det regner trollkjerringer."

Germany

  • "It’s raining puppies."
  • "Es regnet junge Hunde."

Brazil

  • "It’s raining pocket knives," and "It’s raining frogs’ beards."
  • "Está chovendo canivetes" and "Está chovendo barba de sapo."

China

Slovakia

  • "Tractors are falling."
  • "Padajú traktory."

Namibia

  • "It’s raining old women with clubs."
  • "Ou vrouens met knopkieries reen."

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