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A random thought prompted by our thread titled "reign" in..."

As you may know, in the 1500s and 1600 the Spanish king, reluctant to tax the nobility for fear of revolt, imposed a disproportionately-heavy tax burden upon the commoners.

Hence the saying, "The reign in Spain falls mainly on the plain."
 
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Your pun inspired this Spanish ditty:

El recaudador de impuestos
Recauda aún más denuestos.
 
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As many will know, it is a tradition in Spain to have a long lunch, usually at a restaurant with tables out of doors, then to follow this up with an alfresco siesta. It so happens that the weather changes around the same time daily, hence the saying, "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plien".


Build a man a fire and he's warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.
 
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In fact, anyone who has studied the weather patterns of the world will find that most precipitation occurs, not in Europe but in the Caribbean during hurricane season. It is so obvious that we have the expression:

"The rain in Spain falls plainly in the Main."


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Draught here.

The rain in Spain went mainly down the drain.
 
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Iberian precipitation occurs primarily in the flatlands.
 
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When it precipitates, it inundates...
 
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When Alphonso XIII attempted to escape Franco in 1931, he used an aircraft, but it crashed, so the reign in Spain falls mainly in the plane.
 
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