The World: A Case of Continental Heat Prostration

In Paris, the satirical weekly Canard Enchainé last week suggested the title for a new and presumably sweaty exploitation film, Histoire d'Eau, showing that even the French can occasionally find sex of less compelling interest than water. Players briefly fled the British Open when brushfires broke out at the Royal Birkdale Golf Course. In Switzerland, thousands of fish were dying, officials said, because of oxygen depletion in their normal swimming grounds. Hordes of European citizens knew what the fish were going through: not only had the temperature got out of hand, but some British officials were worried about the increase of...

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