Raining Cats And Dogs….Well Not Exactly

By  | September 6, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Rain. Snow. Sleet. These are some of the things that you’d normally expect to fall from the sky.But did you know that there has been some really really outlandish and just down right strange things that have reportedly fallen from the skies. How about things like spiders? Frogs? And blood?! Here’s a look at some of these rather bizarre meteorological anomalies.

 

KirliansImagine driving in your car and suddenly thousands of spiders come raining from the sky.   While spider rain sounds like something out of a Hitchcock movie, it’s a phenomenon that’s actually not out of the ordinary.

According to biologist Marta Fischer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, the Anelosimus eximius spider, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, usually hangs out in trees and can create webs up to 65 feet high which are used to trap insects. If a strong wind should come along however, the web can become detached sending the spiders aloft which would appear as if they’re raining from the skies.

 

17h4t9hqjnf8wjpgAccording to the Bible, frogs raining down from the skies is the sign of a horrible curse. According to scientists however, the explanation is a tad more logical. Waterspouts, which is a type of tornado that forms over a body of water (which is where frogs typically hang out) is the culprit here.When a waterspout hits a body of water, the frogs are sucked way up into the funnel and soon become an unwilling passenger in its ride away from its original habitat. Once the wind dies down, the frogs are then released full force which then gives the appearance of frogs raining down from the heavens.

 

 

raining_blood_by_abgrundlich-d4983ukIn 2008 residents of the small town of La Sierra Choco, Columbia claimed that blood actually rained down on their small community. When a bacteriologist from another town tested a sampling of the substance, it was indeed verified as blood. For his part, Johnny Milton Cordoba, the parish priest of the town claimed that this was a sign from God that people need to change their evil ways.

 

 

cowIn 1997 a Japanese fishing trawler was rescued by a Russian patrol boat in the Sea of Japan. When the castaways were asked how their boat came to be in distress they replied “a cow fell from the sky and sank us”.Well of course not believing their story the fishermen were immediately arrested and went to jail. Two weeks later however, an embarrassed member of the Russian air force informed Japanese authorities that one of its crew members had indeed stolen a cow for its beef and took it aboard his flight. Cows being cows however, don’t like enclosed spaces and definitely don’t like flying so in order to save the aircraft and themselves the airmen threw the poor cow out of the plane at 30,000 feet just as it was flying over the Sea of Japan.The Japanese seamen were immediately released.

 

 

Untitled-1On September 1, 1969, golf enthusiasts from Punta Gorda, Florida probably thought they died and went to heaven. It was on that day that residents woke up to find dozens and dozens of golf balls falling from the skies. Was this some gift from the golfing heavens?Not exactly. According to meteorologists, Punta Gorda, which is located on Florida’s western Gulf coast and is home to many golf courses, probably experienced a passing tornado which gulped up a golf ball filled pond which in turn rained down its contents on the streets of the unsuspecting town.

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