A continent that went melodramatic

On Nov. 12, 1902, dust and mud fell from the sky over all of Australia except Queensland (and not New Zealand). Then the sky went dark and fireballs fell, setting fires throughout Victoria. “At Wycheproof,” Fort quotes, “‘the whole air seemed on fire.’” The next day, red dust fell on the entire continent, including Queensland. The Sydney Herald reported on the 14th, “’business suspended…nothing like it before, in the history of the colony…people stumbling around with lanterns.’” Fireballs also fell on the 13th in Boort, Allendale, Deniliquin, Langdale and Chiltern, as well as ashes with a sulphurous odor in New Zealand. Volcanic activity across the globe was particularly strong–Kilauea, Hawaii’s most violent eruption in 20 years started on Nov. 10. Eruptions occurred at Santa Maria, Guatemala (beginning Oct. 26), Colima, Mexico (Nov. 6), Savii, Samoa (Nov. 13), Windward Islands, West Indies (Nov. 14), Stromboli and Mt. Chullapata, Peru (Nov. 13).

–Charles Fort, Lo!, p.802ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Curious if true

Fort records falls of viscid substance in connection with meteoritic phenomena, as cataloged by R. P. Greg, in the years 1652, 1686, 1718, 1796, 1811, 1819 and 1844. In the Report of the British Association, 1855-94, Greg writes that on the night of Oct. 8, 1844, two people near Coblenz saw “a luminous body fall close to them. They returned next morning and found a gelatinous mass of grayish color.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p49 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Peasants and meteorites

September falls of meteorites/stones in storms:
St. Leonards-on-sea, England, Sept. 17, 1885 (Annual Register, 1885)
Sweden, Sept. 24, 1883 (Nature, 29-15)
Cardiff, Sept. 26, 1916, accompanied by lightning flash (London Times, Sept. 28, 1916)

Writes Fort: “It is said [in Science Gossip, n.s., 6-65] that, though meteorites have fall in storms, no connection is supposed to exist between the two phenomena, except by the ignorant peasantry.”

He further says:
“Peasants believed in meteorites.
"Scientists excluded meteorites.
"Peasants believe in ‘thunderstones.’
"Scientists exclude ‘thunderstones.’
"It is useless to argue that peasants are out in the fields, and that scientists are shut up in laboratories and lecture rooms. We cannot take for a real base that, as to phenomena with which they are more familiar, peasants are more likely to be right than are scientists: a host of biologic and meteorologic fallacies of peasants rises against us.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp101, 107 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Unseasonableness for either spawn or nostoc

Falls of “viscid substance” reported in 1652, 1686, 1718, 1796, 1811, 1819, 1844, 1860. The fall of a meteorite in Gotha, Germany on Sept. 6, 1835 left “a jelly-like mass on the ground.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p49 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Fabricable materials have fallen from the sky

A fall is described in All the Year Round, 8-254, occurring in the towns of Bradly, Selborne and Alresford, England, and in the triangular space included by these towns, on Sept. 21, 1741. The substance was described as “cobwebs,” falling in flake-formation–a relatively heavy substance that fell with “some velocity,” about 1" by 5-6" long. Wernerian Nat. Hist. Soc. Trans., 5-386, reports two falls, the second lasting from 9 a.m. until night.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p60-61 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).