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10 things you didn't know about hurricanes

By: Laura Moss on Oct. 1, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
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Political storms

According to some reports, the first use of a proper name for a hurricane was by an Australian forecaster in the early 20th century. He supposedly named the storms after politicians he didn’t like so he could publicly describe a political figure as “causing great distress” or “wandering aimlessly.”