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King Canute sat on his royal throne. His courtiers grovelled at his feet. “Hail to the King,” they chanted, “You are all-powerful.”
“Take me to the beach,” the king commanded.
So they carried him to the edge of the ocean, and set his throne down on the sand. And the waters rose, and covered the king’s toes.
“Make the sea go back,” the courtiers urged. “Stop the waters from rising.”
“Idiots!” snorted the king. “No human has that power.”
“Then we’re doomed!” the courtiers wailed. “What can we do?”
“Sell the beach for a tourist destination,” King Canute ordered. “By the time it’s underwater, we can all be living in Switzerland with fat bank accounts.”
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: global warming, Canute, rising oceans, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Maldives, Great Barrier Reef, coral