Is this one D.C.-area man’s humorous way of coping, or is he a harbinger of something much bigger?

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Between earthquakes on the West Coast, snow in the South, and Sandy clawing its way up the East Coast, it certainly seems like if these aren’t the end times, they’re a good, solid dress rehearsal. Just as Lear had his Fool to raise his spirits as he wandered in the wilderness, so we have a sprite peculiar to our time and place. We, here at the dawn of the 21st century, have our spirit animal.

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present: the First Horseman of the Apocalypse. Call him Sandy; he’s not a formal type. Buzzfeed says, “We are all this shirtless horseman running through the storm on live TV today.” Oh, if only we were that free.

And hypothermia-resistant.

Sandy has had 98,333 reblogs and likes in the mere eight hours since he was first spotted and immortalized on Tumblr. I think that’s a good solid lead on any Triple Crown winner. Sandy, you may be the harbinger of doom, but you’ve trotted off with our hearts.

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