“No one ever gets killed by a whale in Iowa.”
I pronounced the words confidently to the class, but then I began to wonder. While one is certainly less likely to be killed by a whale in Iowa than on a whaling ship at sea, it is not impossible to imagine Iowa-based death-by-whale scenarios, perhaps involving a family visit to Sea World Des Moines that turns tragic as Mom calls out, “Now Timmy, don’t tease the wha--”
But that’s just silly. For one thing, I’m not sure Des Moines even has a Sea World. But surely there must be lots of ways one could get killed by a whale in Iowa, if I just put my mind to it. Or better yet, let’s put a lot of minds to it. Suggestions?