Archives for October 2010

A great quantity of corpuscles

Fort quotes a story in Comptes Rendus, 23-832, about a tremendous red rain in France, Oct. 16 and 17, 1846. The explanation was that the rain was colored by matter swept up from the earth’s surface and then precipitated. But a later issue of the journal, 24-625, described the rain as “so vividly red and so blood-like that many persons in France were terrified.” A chemist who analyzed the matter noted “a great quantity of corpuscles–whether blood-like corpuscles or not,” while another set down organic matter at 35%.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p251 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Or my own acceptance

Or my own acceptance that we do not really think at all; that we correlate around super-magnets that I call Dominants–a Spiritual Dominant in one age, and responsively to it up spring monasteries, and the stake and the cross are its symbols: a Materialist Dominant, and up spring laboratories, and microscopes and telescopes and crucibles are its ikons–that we’re nothing but iron filings relatively to a succession of magnets that displace preceding magnets.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p241 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

There was no longer doubt

According to Monthly Notices, 30-135, Lieut. Herschel of Bangalore, India, reported that, for two days (Oct. 17 and 18, 1870), dark bodies passed across the sun in a continuous stream, “varying in size and velocity.” The lieutenant explains, “As it was, the continuous flight, for two whole days, in such numbers, in the upper regions of the air, of beasts that left no stragglers, is a wonder of natural history, if not of astronomy.” When focusing, he saw “either wings or phantom-like appendages.” As he watched, one of them paused, hovered, then whisked off. The lieutenant decided, “There was no longer doubt: they were locusts or flies of some sort.”

Fort notes that “If locusts fly high, they freeze and fall in thousands,” as noted in Nature, 47-581.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp222-223 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

If it is our acceptance that out of the negative

If it is our acceptance that, out of the Negative Absolute, the Positive Absolute is generating itself, recruiting, or maintaining, itself, via a third state, or our own quasi-state, it would seem that we’re trying to conceive of Universalness manufacturing more Universalness from Nothingness. Take that up yourself, if you’re willing to run the risk of disappearing with such velocity that you’ll leave an incandescent train behind, and risk being infinitely happy forever, whereas you probably don’t want to be happy.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p212 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

The Super-Sargasso Sea and its Arctic region

Fort writes of an item in the Monthly Weather Review for October 1886, quoted from the Charlotte Chronicle. “For three weeks there had been a fall of water from the sky, in Charlotte, N.C., localized in one particular spot, every afternoon, about three o’clock; that, whether the sky was cloudy or cloudless, the water or rain fell upon a small patch of land between two trees and nowhere else.”

Fort goes on to note that a Signal Service observer visited the place, near two trees at the corner of 9th and D streets. The observer “saw precipitation in the form of rain drops at 4:47 and 4:55 p.m., while the sun was shining brightly. On the 22nd, I again visited the place, and from 4:05 to 4:25 p.m., a light shower of rain fell from a cloudless sky…Sometimes the precipitation falls over an area of half an acre, but always appears to center at these two trees, and when lightest occurs there only.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp191-192 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).