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Has anyone heard of "stythes" before?

"Donald Tollett, 60, died from suffocation after a freak weather phenomenon called a stythe caused a drop in air pressure, sucking carbon dioxide from a disused coal mine. He was walking through the Karva Woodcrafts factory unit in Widdrington Station, Northumberland, on 11 February, on his way to feed his neice's horse, accompanied by a family friend, David Wind, 8, and a pet dog when he and the collie were overcome."

(Anonymous; "Strange Deaths," Fortean Times, no. 82, p. 20, August-September 1995. Sources cited: London Times and the Daily Telegraph.)

From Science Frontiers #102 Nov-Dec 1995. � 1995-2000 William R. Corliss