Archives for October 2010

Mirage of an unknown city

June, 1801–a mirage of an unknown city, seen for more than an hour, at Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland. It was a representation of mansions, Fort says, surrounded by shrubbery and white palings, with forests behind. In October 1796, a mirage of a walled town had been seen distinctly for half an hour at the same town. The next year, in March, a walled town was also seen in Youghal.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p391 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Astronomers might as well try

…Astronomers might as well try to formulate the gambols of the sheep of Little Bopeep, as to try to formulate anything depending upon the satellites of Jupiter.

Charles Fort, New Lands, p359 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Super-geographical routes

M. Leverrier, according to L’Annee Scientifique, 1864-54, sent to the Academy three letters from witnesses who, on Oct. 10, 1864, had seen in the sky a long luminous body, tapering at both ends.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p292 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Bright as Jupiter

The Year Book of Facts, 1845-278 has a report by Glaisher that something like a signal light was seen in the sky on Oct. 4, 1844. It was described as “bright as Jupiter, ‘sending out quick flickering waves of light.’”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p288 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Weird and most extraordinary electric display

In L’Astronomie, 1891-312, is the report of the appearance, in the China Sea in October, 1891, of shafts or lances of light, similar to a searchlight and that moved in like fashion.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p277 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).