The black snake eats rats and mice and hunts for them wherever it can find 'em. Jeff City provides good eatin' this time of year.
The Missouri General Assembly was in the final throes of the legislative session yesterday when the lights went out.
The power outage
left the state's Capitol Building dark for more than an hour and trapped several people in a stuck elevator.
But the really odd news of the day is what caused the electricity failure. It wasn't a lightning storm or even one of those Enron-inspired brownouts. The cause was a black snake that slithered its way into the underground electric cables
near the Capitol, causing two cables to short out.
The snake didn't survive the electrocution. I wasn't there, but I wonder: Did it moan