Overheard on CNN.com: How to defy a tornado
April 28th, 2011
06:43 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: How to defy a tornado

Exchange of the Day:

“I'm from New Jersey and I actually never heard anyone blame anything on God there. It was pretty refreshing.” - shanker67

“Apparently you've never visited a story on Texas.” - slimjoe51

Southern storms: 'I don't know how anyone survived'

Hundreds of people were killed when a storm front swept tornadoes into six southern states. Alabama was hardest hit. Some drew comparisons to the "super outbreak" of tornadoes of 1974, when 148 tornadoes were reported in 13 states and 330 people died.

Exopolitics said, “I've never heard so many tornado sirens in my life! This year has been really bad and yesterday was one of the scariest days of my life.”

Dano973 said, “ I moved out to southern California for work three months ago. My wife, family and friends are still back in Georgia. Last night was terrifying for everyone, including myself. I'll trade one major earthquake for what they're going through this spring. This is the fourth severe storm in the past month...”

judyblueeyes said, “One of the predicted effects of climate change is more severe weather all over the world. Could this be a factor in these tornado outbreaks?”

Some CNN.com readers called for stronger buildings, such as houses structured for Category-5 resistance. But rhquad said “Those Cat 5 homes are built for 100-mph winds. Even moderate tornadoes can far exceed that. If you wanted a tornado-proof house, you'd have to design for winds over 350 mph.”

mslman71 said, “The probability of being hit by a tornado is so incredibly small that the extra cost is simply not warranted. While the loss is terrific for these people, more will die driving to work in the next week than from the worst outbreak of tornados in however many years."

RadarENG said, “Brick buildings stood no chance in Tuscaloosa. Many of the brick buildings are gone.”

schnuptz said, “Storm shelters are what save lives, not homes.”

GTsxtysix said, “ I think we need to seriously rethink the way we build our homes and offices, even if only to make just one room a survivable shelter. Otherwise, we basically have to learn to live with Mother Nature occasionally coming to town and tearing it to shreds.”

Armadillos linked to leprosy in humans

A new study confirming a genetic connection between armadillos and human leprosy had CNN.com readers discussing the pros and cons of armadillo cuisine. SeamanStainz said, “C'mon. Who eats armadillos?” rothgar replied, “Possum on the half shell.”

CommonSenzWA said, “As kids growing up in nowhere Florida, we ate armadillos all the time. The meat is dark and very sweet. It was just taken as common knowledge that they carried leprosy and that all meats had to be thoroughly cooked.”

supervhell said, “I'm just a country boy about to turn 60, and until my early 20s we ate a lot of armadillos–even went out one evening and put more than 50 in the freezer. It sounds like someone wants to put a scare on for some reason.”

TexTeacher said, “When I was a Boy Scout (during the 1960s in central Texas) we ate armadillos during camp outs. We did this for years and never got sick. Then in the 1980s, Lone Star Beer commercials featured a beer-drinking armadillo. Folks started trapping and stuffing them. Word got out that they carried leprosy and people quit hunting them.“

6251 said, “I have heard that some peoples of South America keep varieties of armadillos as edible house pets. During the Depression, hungry people often ate armadillos. They were called “Hoover hogs” by people angry with President Herbert Hoover’s broken promise of a chicken in every pot. The meat is said to taste like fine-grained, high-quality pork.”

DougLenatSux said, “I was in El Salvador when my wife's aunt set the dinner table with armadillo. I told her I couldn't eat it, as it was so far outside of what I was accustomed to eating. I urged my pregnant wife not to eat it too. This was before I learned of the connection between armadillos and leprosy. About 15 years later, this aunt died of some disease that presented itself with skin lesions. In short, I think she died from eating armadillo.”

cpc65 said, “Surgeon General's Warning: Eating the Road Kill May Be Hazardous to your Health.”

The best-worst film titles of all time

The new movie “The Beaver,” starring Mel Gibson, sparked a discussion about which movies have the worst titles. While CNN.com writer Lisa France listed such duds as ‘Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot!’ ‘Snakes on a Plane’ and ‘Octopussy,’ readers had their own suggestions.

parooka999 said, “Um...how could you forget ‘Spanking the Monkey’?”

Razdex said, “I'm surprised I haven't seen many posts for ‘The Human Stain.’ “

kltrvltre said, “Bad titles? ‘Pardon My Vasectomy’ must surely rank among Hollywood's more tasteless moments.”

palustris said, “I can't believe "Meet the Fockers" isn't on there! That is the worst name of all time.”

ShannonNutt said, “Are you kidding me, CNN? ‘Snakes on a Plane’ is one of the best titles of all time. And I'm surprised you didn't mention the upcoming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as one of those ill-advised titles.”

kommoncentz1 said, “They forgot ‘The Firm’: coincidentally enough a Tom Cruise movie.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. bremen3011

    It disgusts me how a foreign royal wedding is taking priority not only in the media, but on talk shows and other cable TV shows as well. The royal wedding is a English thing, not American, sure report it... but they should not make it a priority here in this country at all.
    This country once again disgusts me, and how a good portion of the American populous would rather be ignorant to serious international and national affairs and praise a wedding. This is NOT the America out founding fathers wanted, we are a nation of toys, gizmo's, advertising, marketing, and over hyped pointless events. But I still have hope for the future.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    Networks report news.
    The storms are news: they are reported.
    The royal wedding is news: it is reported.
    It is not the job of reporters to select one story and report only that.
    If "you" don't want the royal wedding on TV, it's because you think that event threatens you, personally, in some way: IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU.
    Everybody sees through your objections to a royal wedding.
    Let me tell you a secret and make it worse for you: Prince William doesn't care whether "you" watch his wedding or not.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    Our founding fathers may not have foreseen their new country's joining forces with England and fighting two world wars. They did not anticipate that poppies would be worn in both countries in memory of fallen soldiers.
    However, it is certain that if our founding fathers saw the English grammar in these comments, they would be astonished.

    April 29, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sunshine Girl *

    Ok the royal wedding was a big event. 1 day of coverage was ok. But we dont need to know every single detail over and over. Tiresome and old already. Why are people eating armadillos these days anyways? I dont think those types of animals were meant for human consumption. And by the way the leprosy/armadillo connection isnt anything new. There are plenty of other things to eat. Stop acting like cavemen. Its 2011 already. my condolences to the victims of those southern tornado storms. Very tragic.

    April 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patty Service

    Happy about the Royal Wedding for William & Kate. But would of thought that our own country would have giving just a little more coverage for all deaths in the south from the storms. Shame on all of them for not doing so.CBS, ABC,NBC

    May 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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