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1935年,一个少年在纽约发现一条短吻鳄

更新时间:2018-2-9 19:58:01 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

“Alligator Found in Uptown Sewer.” It’s a story that would have gone viral, had there been an internet at the time.

“上城下水道发现鳄鱼。”如果当时有互联网的话,这个故事一定会走红。

On this day in 1935, as recorded in The Times, a teenager named Salvatore Condulucci looked down a manhole while shoveling snow in East Harlem and saw an 8-foot alligator, thrashing in the icy water.

时报报道,1935年的今天,一个名叫塞尔瓦托·康杜鲁奇(Salvatore Condulucci)的少年一边在东纽约哈莱姆东区铲雪,一边往下看了一眼下水道检修孔,发现一条身长8英尺(约合2.4米)的短吻鳄正在冰水中翻滚。

The story ignited the public’s imagination and spawned what Anna Quindlen, the author who was then a Times reporter, called “the most durable urban myth in the history of cities, reptiles or waste disposal.”

这个故事点燃了公众的想象力,催生了当时任《纽约时报》记者的作家安娜·基林伦(Anna Quindlen)所说的“在城市、爬行动物或废物处理史上最持久的都市神话”。

A Manhattan historian became so entranced with the idea that he has long observed Feb. 9 as Alligators in the Sewers Day. “I want it to be true,” he told us last year.

一位曼哈顿的历史学家对这个想法如此着迷,以至于他一直把2月9日作为在下水道鳄鱼日。他去年告诉我们,“我希望它是真的。”

Big beasts have been found in sewers around the world. In Sydney, it took six people to drag a 55-pound snapping turtle from a drain in 2000, and in China, a full-grown cow was pulled from a sewer pipe in rural Guangxi Province.

世界各地的下水道里都发现过大型动物。2000年在悉尼,六个人从排水管中拽出了一只重达55磅(约合25公斤)的鳄龟;在中国,人们从广西农村的一条污水管拉出来了一头成年的奶牛。

The New York alligator is still a puzzle. The theory at the time was that it had fallen off a boat in the Harlem River.

纽约鳄鱼仍然是一个谜。当时的理论是,它从哈莱姆河上的一艘船上掉了下来。

John T. Flaherty, the former chief of design in the Bureau of Sewers, had a trademark reply to constant questions:

污水管理局(Bureau of Sewers)设计总监约翰·T·弗莱厄蒂(John T. Flaherty)对不断收到的问题有一个标志性的回答:

“No, Virginia, there are no alligators in the New York City sewer system.”

“不,弗吉尼亚,纽约的污水管道系统里没有鳄鱼。”

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