Ice from external regions

In October, 1844, a block of ice weighing eleven pounds fell at Cette, France.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p185 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

A sanitarium for overworked coincidences

At Dunfermline, as noted in the London Times, Oct. 12, 1841, many several-inch-long fishes fell in a thunderstorm on Oct. 7, 1841.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p184 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Some of us will revolt against the insistence of the faithful

A huge ball of green fire fell in a gale of Oct. 14, 1877, as described in Nature, Oct. 25, 1877, London Times, Oct. 15, 1877, Nature, 17-10. Fort writes, “There are so many instances that some of us will revolt against the insistence of the faithful that it is only coincidence, and accept that there is connection of the kind called causal. If it is too difficult to think of stones and metallic masses swerved from their courses by storms, if they move at high velocity, we think of low velocity, or of things having no velocity at all, hovering a few miles above this earth, dislodged by storms, and falling luminously.”

–Charles Fort The Book of the Damned, p100 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Anything can be identified as anything

A substance said to have fallen at Montussan (Gironde) on October 16, 1883 was sent to La Nature, 1883-342. The Editor (Tisandier) wrote that the fibrous substance was white, “but was something that had been burned.” It fell from a cloud “composed of a woolly substance in lumps the size of a fist,” accompanied by rain and a violent wind. “M. Tissandier,” writes Fort, “astonishes us by saying that he cannot identify this substance. We thought that anything could be ‘identified’ as anything. He can only say that the cloud in question must have been an extraordinary congomeration.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p63 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

No mention of the presence of spiders

Scientific American, 45-337, records the fall of a substance in the latter part of October 1881 in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Vesburge, Fort Howard, Sheboygan and Ozaukee, Wisconsin. It was described as “cobwebs.” “‘In all instances,’” Fort records the source as saying, “’the webs were strong in texture and very white.’ The Editor says: ‘Curiously enough, there is no mention in any of the reports that we have seen, of the presence of spiders.’”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p62 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).