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locustsYou might think the troubles in the Middle East were bad enough — the threat of nuclear weapons, civil wars, insurrections, political intrigue, religious violence. But this year, in an interesting Biblical twist, Egypt is experiencing a plague of locusts. And no, I’m not making this up. 

“As if we hadn’t already seen enough Biblical events this year, a plague of over 30 million locusts swarmed over Egypt’s cities and farms just three weeks before Passover begins,” reports The Atlantic magazine. “But put your apocalyptic fears to rest. This happens every year as part of the locusts’ natural migration pattern, though this year’s swarm is especially large. That doesn’t mean Egyptians aren’t freaked the heck out by millions of nasty bugs buzzing through the air at all hours of day and night, possibly descending upon the agriculture fields where they’re known to destroy entire crops, just like in the…

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