Why does it never rain cats and dogs?

As a young child and for a couple of years in the early stages, my time as a teenager too, I felt confused by the most simple of metaphors which wouldn’t trouble a lot of people who thought things through in a lateral way.

“It’s raining cats and dogs.” Is it? “Can you see that person over there, Phil? He’s got a mole on his chin.” Has he? Where?!

My trouble was that I was, and I still am, a literal thinker. I’ve never been a lateral thinker and even though there are times where I struggle to understand humour and mixed up instructions as an adult, I like the way I am. Why should I try and conform to what others believe, and realise a German Shepherd won’t fall out of the sky? Continue reading