Strange Skyfalls -- Monka ex Mars (7/22/99)

No doubt you have heard over the ages about all the many strange things that have fallen from the sky.

Scientist E.W. Gudger had collected reports of 78 different occurences of fish raining from the sky by 1946. Fish falls have been reported throughout history, as well as frog, snail, worm, snake and turtle falls.

The Associated Press carried a story from Shreveport, LA about hundreds of blackbirds falling from the sky on March 20, 1940. On January 3, 1978, 136 pink-footed geese fell from the sky and onto Norfolk, England. This "storm" left a trail of dead geese 45 km long!

Skyfalls are not limited to living creatures. Seeds, nuts, and berries have also been reported falling from the sky since the mid 1800s. In 1867, Dublin, Ireland experienced a fall of half-inch diameter, orange colored berries on May 9.

Ice chunks have also fallen from clear skies. In September 1964, a large lump of ice was reported to have fallen from a cloudless sky in Transvaal, South Africa.

Strange skyfalls are still with us today.

On February 15, 1992, a rain of mothballs was reported falling on Tyler, TX a few minutes after noon. The mothballs fell for approximately 5 minutes in a radius of 5 miles. About a half dozen were analyzed and found to be ordinary mothballs as reported.

May 10, 1995 brought reports of falling fish in Japan, falling lizards in Australia, and falling rocks (1.5 inches in diameter!) in South Africa.

Chicken eggs fell from the sky on July 23, 1996 and cracked all over the streets, sidewalks, driveways, and highways near Jay, OK, where they proceeded to fry on these hot, summer surfaces!

South Africa seems to be the best place to observe a skyfall. On June 5, 1997, a feather fall was reported there. More recently, on July 1, 1999, the strangest of all falls was reported in South Africa: one-foot tall, orange traffic cones pelted the ground there for approximately 2 minutes!

Keep your eyes on the skies!

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