Archives for December 2010

Hope and despair of attempted positivism

The London Times of Dec. 25, 1883, reported, in a translation from a Turkish newspaper, that a substance fell in Scutari on Dec. 2, 1883, in particles or flakes like snow. “‘It was found to be saltish to the taste, and to dissolve readily in water.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p70 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Red rain in December

L’Annee Scientifique, 1888-75, reports that a substance like somewhat coagulated blood fell in Cochin China on Dec. 13, 1887.

On Dec. 28, 1860, in northwestern Siena, Italy, a reddish rain fell “copiously” for two hours, beginning about 7 a.m. A second red shower occurred at 11 a.m. Three days later, the red rain fell again, and again the next day. “Each fall,” Fort records, “occurred in ‘exactly the same quarter of town.’” (Year Book of Facts, 1861-273)

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p40 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

The fittest survive

The fittest survive.
What is meant by the fittest?
Not the strongest; not the cleverest–
Weakness and stupidity everywhere survive.
There is no way of determining fitness except in that a thing does survive.
“Fitness,” then, is only another name for “survival.”
Darwinism:
That survivors survive.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p24 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

A Christian Scientist and a toothache

Or a Christian Scientist and a toothache–neither exists in the final sense: also neither is absolutely non-existent, and, according to our therapeutics, the one that more highly approximates to realness will win. …Do you want power over something? Be more nearly real than it.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p23 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Debris from inter-planetary disasters

On Dec. 19, 1903, a rain of lavender-colored substance fell at Oudon, France, according to Bull. Soc. Met. de France, 1904-124.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p39 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).