Of all the incredibilities that we have to choose from

At Vicksburg, Miss., on May 11, 1894, a small piece of alabaster fell in a hailstorm. On the same day, eight miles away in Bovina, a gopher turtle fell in a hailstorm. This was reported in Monthly Weather Review, May 1894; Nature, 1894-430; and Jour. Roy. Met. Soc., 20-273. The editor of the Review decided that “apparently some special local whirls or gusts carried heavy objects from this earth’s surface up to the cloud regions.” Fort objects that “of all the incredibilities that we have to choose from, I give first place to a notion of a whirlwind pouncing upon a region and scrupulously selecting a turtle and a piece of alabaster. … There is no record of the fall of other objects.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 89-90 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Doings in closed rooms

The New York Times of June 18, 1880 reported that a woman in Rochester, NY, was found dead in her bed, the bedpost hacked as if with a hatchet. No one had entered the room, and there was no sign of entrance or exit. Her death occurred during a thunderstorm. She had been killed by lightning.

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p. 1050-1051 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

If ever anything did go up and stay up

According to Monthly Weather Review, May 1878, a barn and a horse were “carried completely away” in a Wisconsin tornado on May 23, 1878. Neither the horse nor the barn, the report says, were ever found, either in whole or in part.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 88-89 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Beginning Again, or Multiple Ways Through the Aether

Welcome to a new iteration of my Aether Excursions blog. Over the coming weeks I plan to migrate my posts from Live Journal (the interesting ones, anyway) here. I’ll blog about my writing, RPG gaming, and a topic that recently begun to interest me, reinventing yourself. You never know what you’ll find in the aether, so join me on my journey!

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