Friday Funny- Rain is Lame

Tuesday = Sunny, slight wind, so overall a little chilly, but the flowers and those trees that do such things were in bloom.

Wednesday = Much like Tuesday, only more awesome because the wind was gone and it was warm(ish) up to 72 degrees!  That’s practically bikini weather here in Oregon.

Thursday = Rain.

The Oatmeal draws my heart’s true feelings…

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Lets talk Weird Rain to make it a little less lame.  Thnx to About.Com and an article by Stephen Wagner here are some presumably true stories of weird rain that has been documented.

FROGS

  • In 1873, Scientific American reported that Kansas City, Missouri was blanketed with frogs that dropped from the sky during a storm.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota was pelted with frogs and toads in July, 1901. A news item stated: “When the storm was at its highest… there appeared as if descending directly from the sky a huge green mass. Then followed a peculiar patter, unlike that of rain or hail. When the storm abated the people found, three inches deep and covering an area of more than four blocks, a collection of a most striking variety of frogs… so thick in some places [that] travel was impossible.”
  • The citizens of Naphlion, a city in southern Greece, were surprised one morning in May, 1981, when they awoke to find small green frogs falling from the sky. Weighing just a few ounces each, the frogs landed in trees and plopped into the streets. The Greek Meteorological Institute surmised they were picked up by a strong wind. It must have been a very strong wind. The species of frog was native to North Africa!
  • In 1995, reports Fortean Times Online, Nellie Straw of Sheffield, England, was driving through Scotland on holiday with her family when they encountered a severe storm. Along with the heavy rain, however, hundreds of frogs suddenly pelted her car.

FISH

  • A powerful whirlwind might explain a rain of small fish, but it cannot account for the ones that fell on a village in India. As many as 10 people reported picking up fish that weighed as much as eight pounds that had come crashing down on them.
  • In February, 1861, folks in many areas of Singapore reported a rain of fish following an earthquake. How could the two possibly correlate?
  • Golfers dread gathering clouds and a rain that might ruin their game. But imagine the consternation of several duffers in Bournemouth, England, in 1948 who received a shower of herring.
  • Priests often pray for blessings from above… but fish? In 1966, Father Leonard Bourne was dashing through a downpour across a courtyard in North Sydney, Australia, when a large fish fell from the sky and landed on his shoulder. The priest nearly caught it as it slid down his chest, but it squirmed away, fell to the flooded ground and swam away.
  • These things don’t always happen in a heavy rain. In 1989, in Ipswich, Australia, Harold and Degen’s front lawn was covered with about 800 “sardines” that rained from above during a light shower.
  • This report is most unusual: In an otherwise clear sky in Chilatchee, Alabama in 1956, a woman and her husband watched as a small dark cloud formed in the sky. When it was overhead, the cloud released its contents: rain, catfish, bass and bream – all of the fish alive. The dark cloud had turned to white, then dispersed.

FLESH AND BLOOD

  • In 1890, Popular Science News reported that blood rained down on Messignadi, Calabria in Italy – bird’s blood. It was speculated that the birds were somehow torn part by violent winds, although there were no such winds at the time. And no other parts of the bird came down – just blood.
  • J. Hudson’s farm in Los Nietos Township, California endured a rain of flesh and blood for three minutes in 1869. The grisly fall covered several acres.
  • The American Journal of Science confirmed a shower of blood, fat and muscle tissue that fell on a tobacco farm near Lebanon, Tennessee in August, 1841. Field workers, who actually experienced this weird shower, said they heard a rattling noise and saw “drops of blood, as they supposed…fell from a red cloud which was flying over.”

MISCELLANEOUS

  • In 1881, a thunderstorm in Worcester, England, brought down tons of periwinkles and hermit crabs.
  • In November, 1996, a town in southern Tasmania was slimed! Several residents woke up on a Sunday morning after a night of violent thunderstorms to find a strange, white-clear jelly-like substance on their property. Apparently, it had rained either fish eggs or baby jellyfish.
  • A Korean fisherman, trolling off the coast of the Falkland Islands, was knocked unconscious by a single frozen squid that fell from the sky and konked him on the head.
  • In July, 2001, a red rain fell on Kerala, India. At first it was thought that a meteor was responsible for the strange-colored rain, but an analysis showed that the water was filled with fungal spores. Still, where did all of those red spores come from to be rained down in such concentration?
  • From about 1982 to 1986, kernels of corn have rained down on several houses in Evans, Colorado – tons of it, according to Gary Bryan, one of the residents. Oddly, there were no cornfields in the area that might account for the phenomenon.
  • In August, 2001, the Wichita, Kansas area experienced an unexplained rain of corn husks. The news report stated that “thousands of dried corn leaves fell over east Wichita – from about Central Avenue to 37th Street North, along Woodlawn Boulevard and on east – each about 20 to 30 inches long.”
  • In 1877, several one-foot-long alligators fell on J. L. Smith’s farm in South Carolina. They landed, unharmed, and started crawling around, reported The New York Times.
  • Perhaps the most bizarre report is one that, unfortunately, cannot be confirmed. It may be just the stuff of urban legend, but it’s so weird and so amusing that had to be included. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not it’s true. Sometime around 1990, a Japanese fishing boat was sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off the eastern coast of Siberia by a falling cow. When the crew of the wrecked ship were fished from the water, they told authorities that they had seen several cows falling from the sky, and that one of them crashed straight through the deck and hull. At first, the story goes, the fishermen were arrested for trying to perpetrate an insurance fraud, but were released when their story was verified. It seems that a Russian transport plane carrying stolen cattle was flying overhead. When the movement of the herd within the plane threw it off-balance, the plane’s crew, to avoid crashing, opened the loading bay at the tail of the aircraft and drove them out to fall into the water below. True story or hoax? One investigation traced the story back to a Russian television comedy series.

Hope you all enjoyed your Friday Funny!  Keep on Laughing!

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One response to “Friday Funny- Rain is Lame

  1. So very true. I am fairly sure I have been muttering kill me the past couple of months. Not sure it is from the rain though.

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