Lost somewhere between Jupiter and Mars

The Annual Register, 1821-681, reports a shower of “a substance resembling silk,” according to M. Laine, French Consul at Pernambuco, early in Octoboer 1821. Samples of this substance were sent to France by M. Laine, according to Annales de Chimie, 2-15-427. They “proved to have some resemblances to silky filaments which, at certain times of the year, are carried by the wind near Paris.”

Fort writes that “the quantity was as tremendous as might be a whole cargo, lost somewhere between Jupiter and Mars, having drifted around perhaps for centuries, the original fabrics slowly disintegrating.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p59 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Only a supposed thing

In Hampshire, England, either an iron cannon ball or a ‘large nodule of iron pyrites or bisulphuret or iron’ appeared after a thunderstorm upon a garden path. It was ‘supposed’ to have fallen in September 1852. It was reported in Proc. Roy. Soc. Edin., 3-147. The object was also written up in a letter to the London Times, from a chemist of Andover, Hants., Sept. 16, 1852. It was said to be the size of a cricket ball, weighing 4 pounds.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p117 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Like the neutral zone of a magnet’s attraction

On Sept. 20, 1839, a fall of living fishes occurred about 20 miles south of Calcutta, India (A Popular Treatise, p414). A witness in Living Age, 52-186, comments, “The most strange thing which ever struck me was that the fish did not fall helter-skelter, or here and there, but they fell in a straight line, not more than a cubit in breadth.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p87 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).