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Tuesday 21st October 2014
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Why does it rain cats and dogs?

Question

cat umbrellaWhy does it rain cats and dogs?
Andrew, Sunningdale

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Nick, Epsom
Qualification: Mystery Hour!
Answer: In the Middle Ages, a lot of households had open, vaulted ceilings, so you could see the underneath of the thatched roof. They had a burning stove in the middle for cooking and to warm the house. The cats and dogs used to sleep in the ceiling eaves as it was the warmest place in the house. If there was anything wrong with the extraction system, the smoke used to collect in the eaves, so the dogs would jump down to the ground floor and it would be raining cats and dogs.
Name: Salim, Stoke Newington
Qualification: A professor told me
Answer: It comes from the early days of England. Cats and dogs would sit on the thatched roofs and when it rained, they would fall off and it would be raining cats and dogs.
(James O'Brien: I hope you didn't buy anything from the person who told you this. I've never heard so much nonsense in all my life!)
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