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Falls Of All Sorts Of Things

  1. About May 16, 1983. Chippenham, Wilt shire, England. A group of students at Chippenham Technical College reported that a lot of tadpoles had fallen during a thunderstorm. The River Avon is nearby; and a waterspout or small tornado was suspected. (Meaden G.T.; "Shower of Tadpoles...," Journal of Meteorology, U.K.; 9:337, 1984.)

  2. May 26 or 27, 1984. East London. Flounders found on the ground, smelt on the roof.

  3. June 19, 1984. Thirsk, North Yorkshire. After a heavy thunderstorm, a small area was covered with winkles (shellfish), some still alive, and starfish.

    (Rickard, R.J.M.; "A Remarkable Fall of Fish in East London 26 or 27 May 1984," Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 9:290, 1984.)

  4. July 24, 1984.

    "I was in my car waiting at traffic lights in Winton, Bournemouth, when a sheet of off-white or dove-grey liquid fell from the blue sky on to the roof, windscreen and bonnet of my car. A yellow bus next to me and the road around were also affected."

    No aircraft could be seen. (Hodge, E.J.; "Fall of a Mysterious Liquid from the Sky," Journal of Meteorology, U.K., 9:340, 1984.)

From Science Frontiers #39, MAY-JUN 1985. 1985-2000 William R. Corliss