} Ahh, a more hideous blight could not be found upon the land, humble
} supplicant. The first Shelley Winter, thought to be the product of
} some horrifying military research, was spotted in 1943. What sick and
} twisted mind would devise such a thing remains unknown, America blames
} Germany, Germany blames Britain, Britain...
} Well, the politics are unimportant, all nations have been affected
} (except France, which has remained under the grip of an even more
} fiendish phenomenon. One known only by its initials, the JL), but
} America has been affected the worst. Of the 113 confirmed Shelley
} Winters, each doing untold damage to culture and the arts, the vast
} majority have formed on and spread from America's southwest coast,
} leaving a blasted, desolate wasteland in their wake.
} As to your second question, a legion of scientists have been working
} for decades on it, and many have been lost to the mind-destroying
} toxins of the Winters, but progress has been made! Thanks to them, and
} the brave souls of the Emergency Response Shelley Winter Containment
} Team, the number of the Winters has been on the decline. Why, the 80s
} saw only 10 of them in total. Unfortunately, they appear to be making
} a comeback, 8 since 1991, and one of the latest, the worst in decades,
} was formed on the Pauly Shore...
} Ahh, I see the color drain from your face, dear supplicant, come,
} let us retire to my study. I sense we both need strong drink.