Yesterday there was a rather fierce storm in Scotland. Winds exceeded 160 mph at one point. When I first heard about the storm, it was simply called a storm, a weather bomb.
But then, something interesting happened.
It was around 8AM my time that the hashtag #hurricanebawbag began making its way into the consciousness of Twitter.
A bawbag is a Scottish derogatory term for a part of the male anatomy. Its American equivalent would be Al Roker calling a storm Hurricane Dickhead, or Nut Sack.
Meanwhile the storm was happening, Hurricane Bawbag was trending and the Scots were posting some amusing things.
The Edinburgh Zoo just received two pandas.
Soon after that video started coming in. The Clyde River in Glasgow was close to overflowing due to the storm surge. Then a young man named Conor Guicham posted this on Facebook, which moved to Youtube and became a viral hit.
OMG! Trampoline then received a musical soundtrack.
All of this was happening in less than three hours from the start of Hurricane Bawbag. Enterprising companies began selling T-Shirts! The storm even received a Wikipedia entry.
It was amazing how fast it was all happening, and more than a few of the comments on Twitter were very funny. Luckily, there were few injuries reported and the storm damage was minimal. I could picture my Father-in-Law in his living room, observing the fair breeze blowing in Duntocher.
By the end of the day, Hurricane Bawbag had its own song.
My wife was giggling most of the day, like a thirteen year old boy, and she asked to see this clip again.
I'm still not sure who coined the term "Hurricane Bawbag" yesterday morning, but I'm sure that will be revealed in the fullness of time. I salute this person, and Scotland, for sitting in their homes, staying put and taking the piss out of the storm instead of cowering in fear. Well played!