The same airplanes that are used yearly to put out the flames in San Francisco area during the summer are now busy dropping sponges in the waters of the Northeastern United States.
Their commander known only as "Bob" with his big fireman pants says that the sponges were sent from private citizens who have been out of work now an average of seventeen years, because of "depression".
"We had all these sponges and, since we never have anything to do except ask for more government help, we thought we'd send them to help soak up all that water", stated Morrie Pleasemore. "I mean, the government has been sending my family checks for three generations and I thought it was time to give a little bit back."
"Speaking of 'back', my family has a lot of back problems. The family doctor that helps us get our checks says that there are no bones in them", stated Lens Willy of Los Angeles. "So, we may be related to the real sponges. We're donating a hundred of the little multi-colored rainbow ones to help. Found them lying in a box in a factory that closed recently."
Meanwhile up east, emergency personnel were boating the water filled sponges out of Rhode Island, squeazing them into the ocean and bringing them back for more.