You've probably heard the urban legend about the time it rained frogs somewhere, or seen news stories about a meteorite that crashed through a roof and landed feet away from somebody's recliner. But in the annals of baffling objects that have come raining down from the heavens, you find much weirder examples ...
7Lots and Lots of Worms
In 2007, Eleanor Beal was making her way to work at the Jennings Police Department when she sensed that something was amiss. Spidey senses tingling, Beal then observed what appeared to be small brown balls raining down from the sky.
Now, this is one of those situations where there is zero chance that closer inspection is going to make you feel better about what is happening. What's the best case scenario for squishy brown blobs from the sky? An explosion at a nearby fudge factory? Well, Beal took a closer look anyway and found that the objects were actually large, crawling clumps of tangled-up worms. To make sure that she hadn't completely lost it, Beal called a co-worker, who confirmed that there were indeed globs of worms littering the parking lot.
"Ah, so we're entering the last days, then. Pardon me; I have to go fuck something."
So where did they come from? Since they probably didn't spontaneously generate in midair, scientists' best guess is that a water spout sucked the worms out of nearby Lacassine Bayou and then -- apparently -- attempted to turn them over to the police. The obvious problem with this theory is that it fails to explain how or why so many worms were hanging out in tangled knots just waiting to be airlifted to the station.
The best part of this creepy crawly mess? It's happened before.
In April 2011, physical education teacher David Crichton was playing soccer with his students at Scotland's Galashiels Academy when another mysterious wormfall began. Crichton said he heard a "wee thudding noise" as the worms impacted the ground, followed by the shrieks of students as they headed for cover.
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"Right, oo's up for a pint!?"
Crichton and other teachers found worms scattered over a hundred-yard area, including the artificial grass soccer and tennis courts. Crichton checked with instructors from the school's science department, whose extremely technical expert analysis was that "maybe it was a freak weather thing." Lacking any better suggestions, we'll go with that -- never mind the fact that the day was completely cloudless and water-spout-free, and that Galashiels is about 40 miles from the nearest beach.
In November 2007, Charles and Linda Everson were traveling down Manson Highway in Washington State, where they were celebrating their very first wedding anniversary. As they drove along, probably holding hands and whispering the sort of sweet nothings that make single people vomit, a 600-pound cow dropped out of the clear blue sky and onto the hood of their minivan.
After they finished shitting themselves and gazing in abject horror at their new hood ornament, the fortunate couple realized they were, against all odds, uninjured. Authorities arrived, euthanized the cow, and reminded the already traumatized duo that they'd missed a gruesome and untimely death by "a matter of inches." Because, you know, that was just the sort of thing they were likely to forget quickly.
"This is completely unsatisfying. Would you mind standing back and throwing the steak at my face?"
As for the cow, it probably plummeted to its (eventual) death from the top of a 200-foot cliff near the highway. In what we suppose was a fit of adolescent bovine angst, the year-old cow had run away from its Chelan County farm two days prior to the accident, slowly making the 5-mile trip to the precipice where it then went BASE jumping sans parachute. Because cows are stupid.