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Remarkable Straw Fall

Summer of 1994, Bucks., England

"Engineer Ken Davey thought he had stepped into a scene from the Bible when he saw tons of straw falling from the sky.

"The 42-year-old, of Holtspur Avenue, Wooburn Green, was leaving work at Glory Mill Papers, Glory Mill Lane, on Thursday when he noticed the whole building was covered in straw.

"He suddenly realised everyone was staring upwards at objects descending from the sky.

"He said: "I looked up and these massive lumps -- some as big as bales -- were gracefully floating down. It was beautiful. ..... "Mr. Davey estimated as much as ten tons of straw had fallen. The whole of the surrounding area was covered in it."

(Anonymous; "Glory! Glory! Haylelujah," Midweek, Bucks Free Press, July 19, 1994. Cr. A.C.A. Silk)

Comment. Rarely during haying season, we have seen whirlwinds drape trees and utility wires with wisps of hay -- but 10 tons of straw? Never even close! However, equally prodigious falls of hay and leaves were occasionaly remarked upon in the scientific journals of the last century. See GWF6 in Tornados, Dark Days, etc. Ordering information here.

From Science Frontiers #96, NOV-DEC 1994. 1994-2000 William R. Corliss

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  • "A sourcebook of unexplained phenomena is therefore a valuable addition to a collection of scientific literature. William R. Corliss has provided this in the past with his source books of scientific anomalies in several subjects, and now he has provided it for astronomy. He has done an excellent job of collecting and editing a large amount of material, taken in part from scientific journals and in part from scientific reporting in the popular or semi-scientific press." -- "The Mysterious Universe: A Handbook of Astronomical Anomalies", reviwed by Thomas Gold, Cornell University, in Icarus, vol.41, 1980

  • "An interesting, systematic presentation of unusual weather [..] This book is recommended for a general audience" --"Corliss, William R., Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena, Sourcebook Project, 1983.", revieweed in Choice, September 1983
  • "..the science is necessarily somewhat speculative, but Corliss's symthesis is based on reputable sources." -- "Corliss, William R. (Compiler). Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena" reviwed by Joseph M. Moran, Univ. of Wisconsin in Science Books and Films, Sep/Oct 1983

  • "Before opening the book, I set certain standards that a volume which treads into dangerous grounds grounds like this must meet. The author scrupulously met, or even exceeded those standards. Each phenomenon is exhaustively documented, with references to scientific journals [..] and extensive quotations" -- "Book Review: The moon and planets: a catalog of astronomical anomalies", The Sourcebook Project, 1985., Corliss, W. R., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 81, no. 1 (1987), p. 24., 02/1987