Tales from the Trail

A lighter way to follow volcanic ash

April 20, 2010

It almost seems like a case of adding insult to injury, but the volcanic ash that is wreaking havoc over European airspace has started tweeting. ICELAND-VOLCANO/

And, while trying not to take it personally, @theashcloud has amassed more followers than some of us who have been on Twitter for some time.

But it’s a peppy ash cloud, asking for suggested #ashtunes  and with tweets like: “The Ash Cloud would like to know if any happy tales have come out of the disruption I have (not deliberately) caused!Tweet them to me?#ash”

The volcanic ash from Iceland has of course had serious consequences for European air travel. White House spokesman Bill Burton said it has affected “thousands and thousands of Americans who are stranded abroad” and U.S. ambassadors around the world are working to help them. “But obviously there’s nothing that we can do to blow the volcanic ash any faster.  But we’re doing everything that we can.”

The Icelandic volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier  has also sparked some levity.

Late night show host David Letterman decided the correct pronunciation was ay ya forgot ya yogurt.


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Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” decided he would simply call it Kevin.

Washingtonians who live in the capital of jargon, acronyms, and tongue-twisters, found they had met their match…

Photo credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson (Ash and steam rise from erupting volcano in Iceland)

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