The Kentucky Phenomenon

On March 3, 1876, flakes of “a substance that looked like beef” fell from a clear sky at Olympian Springs, Bath County, Kentucky, over an area about 100 yards long and about 50 yards wide. It was recounted in Scientific American, 34-197 and the New York Times, March 10, 1876. The flakes were of various sizes, from 1 to 4 inches square.

In Scientific American Supplement, 2-426, Leopold Brandeis declared that he had examined the subtance and found it to be “flesh-colored nostoc.” A Prof. Smith in the New York Times, March 12, 1876, said it was the dried spawn of the frog.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp. 44-46 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

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