Archives for February 2011

Mr Algernon Stoneweaver

Mr. Algernon Stoneweaver is always inventing some new device to thwart would-be purloiners of public wealth. Stoneweaver’s Clever Locking Mechanism, shown here on the safe door of a certain well-known public official, remains impervious to attack, as evidenced by the signs of wear. Note that this is the four stage model, with optional indicator mechanism.

I’m beginning to modify that

I’m beginning to modify: that, at a distance from this earth, gravitation has more effect than we have supposed, though less effect than the dogmatists suppose and “prove.” I’m coming out stronger for the acceptance of a Neutral Zone–that this earth, like other magnets, has a neutral zone, in which is the Super-Sargasso Sea, and in which other worlds may be buoyed up, though projecting parts may be subject to this earth’s attraction.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 243 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Proximity of other worlds

La Science Pour Tous, 15-159, reports a luminous body in the sky, an earthquake, and a fall of sand in Italy on Feb. 12 and 13, 1870.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 243 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Some were much larger than others

The Jour. Asiatic Soc. of Bengal, 2-650, and the Amer. Jour. Sci., 1-32-199, record a fall of fishes near Feridpoor, India, on Feb. 19, 1830. They were of varying sizes. Some were “whole and fresh,” while others were “mutilated and putrefying.”

In witness depositions, some fish were reported as fresh, while others were “stinking and headless.”

Some of the fish weighed 1 ½ pounds each, while others were as much as 3 pounds.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 87-88 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Newel post

Newel post of the stairway to the forward observation deck of TPO Eccentric, flagship of the Medusa Peerless Flyer class of airship. Admiral Daniel Tesla-Gray often takes tea with select passengers on this deck, regaling them with exploits of his crew. Rarely does the great man reveal his part in the action, but his faithful valet Redwin ensures that credit is given where it is due.