Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 26
June 29, 2005
ALIEN STARTLES WOMAN
MOTORIST IN AUSTRALIA
On Friday, June 10, 2005, at 10 a.m., Catherine R.
"was driving on a country road on the outskirts of
Bundaberg," a port city on Hervey Bay in Australia's state
of Queensland, when she saw a strange figure "standing in
a meadow beside the road."
"While driving in a one-and-a-half-hour drive on a
country road through mostly bush-land, I saw through my
window a large dark figure about 7 or 8 feet (2.1 to 2.4
meters) tall," Catherine reported, "It had the appearance
of a man but was far more muscular, with wide shoulders
and a torso like a god. It was like nothing I'd ever
seen. It was dark and scaley-looking. Its colour was
like ash. Its head was insect-like. I was a scared 22-
"It was just staring at me. I was extremely
uncomfortable. I was shocked and 'floored' it. It stood
still. I drove at 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per
hour) when I saw it. I sped away from it at 120
kilometers per hour (72 miles per hour). I had never seen
anything so strange."
Bundaberg, Qlnd. is located 300 kilometers (180
miles) north of Brisbane. (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: And welcome to Odd Doings in Oz
Week here at UFO Roundup. There's more to come from Down
Under, so read on...)
LUMINOUS ORANGE UFO
SEEN IN KNOXFIELD, VIC.
On Saturday, June 25, 2005, at 10:10 p.m., Gavin W.
was outdoors at his home in Knoxfield, a suburb of
Melbourne in Australia's state of Victoria, when he saw a
strange orange light in the sky.
"There was an orange light in the sky moving around,"
Gavin reported, "It was going straight, then it stopped
and moved to the right. Then straight. Then right again.
Then it stopped and moved back, going left. Then it
stayed still again for about two minutes. Then it moved
on at a high speed, up into the sky."
"The object moved in every direction. I know it was
moving at high speed because I could see the light trail
it left. It was completely round in front, when it was
moving towards me. But then, when it moved sideways, it
looked disk-shaped. It was well above the clouds. I
don't know the speed it was going, maybe the speed of a
commercial aircraft when it is very high. But when it
left, it went extremely fast." (Email Form Report)
MOBY DICK SPOTTED OFF
NEW SOUTH WALES COAST
"Whale watchers off the New South Wales mid-north
coast were 'blessed' to catch a glimpse of a rare albino
humpback whale" on Thursday, June 9, 2005.
"The whale, known as Migaloo, passed by Port
Macquarie (Thursday) morning as it migrated to warmer
waters in the Whitsundays, off the north Queensland
"Carol Hunt, who runs a Port Macquarie charter boat
company, said it was the first time Migaloo had been
sighted off that part of the coast."
"'He was sighted in Sydney at four o'clock on Friday
(June 10, 2005) and I've been tracking him since,' Ms.
"'We watched him for about an hour and a half. He
was heading north to Coffs Harbour. He had three other
whales with him and they were quite active. They were
rolling over and slapping their fins.'"
"Ms. Hunt said the whales were about a mile (1.6
kilometers) offshore, delighting those on board with their
"'Everyone on the boat was just beside themselves,'
"'We are blessed to see this. It is just a million
to one chance.'"
"'It was just magic--we were very, very lucky.'"
"Ms. Hunt said Migaloo was travelling to the
Whitsundays to mate."
"'He had other whales with him, so his mate might be
among them,' she said. 'He may very well be taking a mate
with him what might be pregnant.'"
"'He'll stay up in the Whitsundays and hopefully,
when he comes back, he might come into Port Macquarie
again on his southern migration.'"
(Editor's Note: In the language of the Hervey Bay
Aborigines, the name Migaloo means white fella.)
"The whale is believed to be the only one of its kind
in the world. It is expected to pass the coast off Coffs
Harbour" on Saturday, June 11, 2005. (See the Australian
newspaper The Advertiser for June 13, 2005, "White whale
spotted off coast.")
(Editor's Comment: And aboard the ghost ship Pequod,
a mad gleam comes into the eye of Captain Ahab. "Coffs
Harbour--so that's where he's hiding. Avast, ye lubbers!
Lay in a course for Australia!)
UFO FLOTILLA SIGHTED
OVER JALAPA, MEXICO
"A massive UFO sighting took place on Friday, June
24, 2005, in Jalapa," a city in Mexico's state of
Veracruz, and was "witnessed by Jalapa's governor Fidel
Herrera Beltran, members of his staff, the Jalapa police
department, newspaper and television reporters and many
people gathered at the Casa Veracruz during an official
ceremony in which the new patrol units (police cruisers--
J.T.) were delivered to the police department."
"The surprising incident took place at 10:30 a.m.,
causing commotion, excitement and a certain alarm among
the people and officials."
"Just after Gov. Fidel Herrera Beltran made a speech
inaugurating the new vehicles, and during an inspection of
his new patrol car, his attention was called by officials
to the sky where a strange spectacle had occurred."
"A spectacular UFO fleet of at least 14 unidentified
flying objects captured the attention of all the people
gathered at Casa Veracruz, who, pointing at the sky,
screamed, 'OVNIs! OVNIs!' in a state of excitement."
(Editor's Note: OVNI is the Spanish acronym for UFO.)
"The police officers also pointed to the sky,
wondering what these strange objects could be."
"Different reactions were heard" from the gathering,
ranging from amazement to consternation, "and even some
laughs from among the people, who continuted to shout,
"The newspaper reporters were taking photos and the
television crews were recording the unusual spectacle."
"Gov. Fidel Herrera Beltran took the microphone and
said jokingly, 'It seems the Martians have arrived.'"
"The people wondered if the strange objects could be
balloons of some kind or in fact real UFOs like those so
many times reported in Mexico. However, the enigmatic
flying objects remained almost stationary in the sky in
formation, described as a triangular pattern in perfect
alignment, for almost 30 minutes. This was time enough
for the strange event to be videotaped by the media and
some of the spectators in the audience."
"On Friday night," June 24, 2005, "Television Azteca"
in Mexico City, the national TV network, "presented the
report with video footage, giving a full account of the
"On Saturday," June 25, 2005, "the newspaper Diario
de Jalapa, as well as others, published on page one--with
major headlines--the unusual event."
Jalapa is in the western part of the state, about 264
kilometers (180 miles) northwest of Veracruz and 320
kilometers (200 miles) east of Mexico City. (See the
Mexican newspaper Diario de Jalapa for June 25, 2005.
Muchas gracias a Santiago Yturra Garza y Arturo del Moral
por este articulo de diario.)
MYSTERY METEOR CHASED
BY BLACK HELICOPTERS
On Thursday, June 23, 2005, at 11:47 p.m., Carl
Farrington was driving on a mountain road near Canton,
North Carolina (population 4,029) when he saw a most
unusual spectacle in the night sky.
"I took (Route) 110 out of Canton and turned left
onto (Highway) 276. I went straight up to the Blue Ridge
Parkway," Carl reported, "Then I turned left and turned
into the famous overlook on the left. Facing a bright
orange moon that day after the full moon."
"What at first appeared to be a shooting star but
brighter than I have ever seen plummeted towards the
ground and impacted in the Smokies approximately six to
nine miles (10 to 14 kilometers) straight ahead. Struck a
mountain top. As it got closer to the point of impact, I
noticed bright matter dripping off of it, streaming behind
the main mass of the object."
"It could've been a meteor, fallen satellite or space
"However, on the way to the house in this rural
setting, three dark helicopters flew over my car. I would
not have noticed them except for the fact that my car's
moon roof was open, because they had no lights on
whatsoever. They were flying at a high rate of speed
approximately 300 to 400 feet (90 to 120 meters) off the
ground, and hugging the terrain is very dangerous in this
"The object was bright white and almost teardrop-
shaped. It definitely impacted the ground. If it was a
meteor, it was a big chunk. Broke the atmosphere and came
straight down like a missile. Impacted the ground without
an explosion. I was too far away to hear anything as I
was six to nine miles away. I saw it at a higher
elevation than the impact zone and was looking down at a
Canton, N.C. is in the Pisgah National Forest about
15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Asheville and 262 miles
(419 kilometers) west of Raleigh. (Email Form Report)
COLUMBUS UFO SURPRISES
TOURIST FROM SWEDEN
On Sunday, June 19, 2005, at 11:30 p.m., Swedish
tourist Jonas Larsson spotted a UFO over Dublin, Ohio, a
suburb of Columbus, the state capital.
"I live in Sweden, but I am currently visiting a
friend in Cleveland. I really believe in UFOs and have
long been interested in such things," Jonas reported, "My
friend and I were driving on Highway 270 West in Columbus,
very near Dublin, My friend spotted a lightning ball in
the middle of the air. I mean, it was like far away and
looked like one of the street lamps along the highway."
"My friend asked what it could be, I mean, we had
not seen it move at all at first. And it could not be an
airplane because we saw a lot of airplanes, and they have
these blinking (navigation) lights, right?"
"Imagine just a roadlamp high in the sky--this is how
we saw it. We chatted for about 30 seconds and suddenly
it was above us. And it was not an airplane, not a
luftbalone (Swedish for hot-air balloon--J.T.). The craft
had an oblong first part, and the middle as well, and a
big back part. I could say it was 100 meters (330 feet)
"I was trying to find a word for what it looked like-
-I would say that, if you think about it, the object
looked a bit like an arrow. The craft was white; the
first part was big, and the big back part had three such
lamps. It seemed like it flew from side to side. Very
"The whole craft was lighted up, but it was nowhere
near as strong a light that we should have seen from that
distance. Yellow-orange color. And the craft never
seemed to move at all. But it was moving very fast,
anyway, and by that I mean it was not an airplane."
"When I saw it, it was over us, and we were still
driving south. We could not stop on the highway, of
course. I am like a slack at where I am. My friend saw
the dart" the UFO fired, and "my friend was doing the
"When I saw it, it was above me, and we were still
driving south. We could not stay long on the highway, I
guess. Of course, people may say it was an airplane, I
was dressed like a slick at where I am. My friend was the
driver. Of course, my colleagues say it may be an
airplane, but what I saw wasn't an airplane."
"Well, I needed to tell them. I mean, what else can
I do? I'm leaving for Sweden tonight. I hope I get some
answers about this when I get back home." (Email Form
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN IN
On Monday, June 20, 2005, at 9:30 p.m., Hank Ironwood
was outdoors at his rural home in Westmoreland, New
Hampshire, 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the state
border with Massachusetts, when he spotted a strange gleam
in the sky.
"The object flew from west to east," Hank reported,
"I thought it might have been a plane, but it moved at
around the speed of an airplane. Now, there were two
passenger planes in the area, and their (navigation)
lights were much smaller and dimmer than the lights on
this object. I couldn't really make out the shape of it,
but it appeared to be round."
"I have no idea if this was a UFO, but I think that
if it was, others here in southern New Hampshire should
have certainly seen it. I would sure like to hear from
them." (Email Form Report)
FAST UFO FLYBY IN
On Saturday, June 11, 2005, at 3 a.m., eyewitness
Jason S. and a few of his mates were walking home from
their favorite pub in Leominster, Herefordshire, UK when
they saw a strange object approaching from the north.
"Me and some of my friends were walking home from the
pub at around 3 a.m.," Jason reported, "None of us were
really drunk or anything. We got to the crossroads and
saw this green light speed across the sky. It didn't look
too far away, and it sort of looked as if it were flying
low. There wasn't any sound, either. The object was
bright green, circular and flying very fast." (Email Form
(Editor's Note: This is the UK community for which
Leominster, Mass. was named. Located in the heart of the
mysterious "Montachusett" region, Leominster has had UFO
sightings dating back to June 1909. And no wonder--its
neighbor 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the north is Fitchburg,
the "UFO capital of Massachusetts.")
CROP CIRCLES REPORTED IN
POLAND AND CANADA
On Sunday, June 19, 2005, Polish cerealogist Leszek
Owsiany investigated three crop circles in the village of
Papros, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Inowroclaw
in central Poland. "The three circles were joined
together in a field of rye," Owsiany reported, "The first
circle was 20.8 meters by 20.5 meters (69 by 67 feet); the
second was 7.7 meters (25.4 feet) in diameter; and the
third was 6 meters by 5.7 meters (20 feet by 18.8 feet).
In all three circles, the rye was lying on the ground on
the right side."
"We noted that the joints of the rye stalks were
thickened and bent."
Assisting Owsiany in the investigation were fellow
cerealogists Jacek Koslowski and Wojtek Budny of
Independent Research Group Torun.
While at the scene, the team learned of another pair
of crop circles nearby. They interviewed farmer Zbiginew
Wasilewski, who told them that on Thursday, June 16, 2005,
he "had discovered two circles in his field of wheat,
located one kilometer (0.6 miles) from Papros. The first
circle measured 12.3 meters (40.5 feet) in diameter, with
a lay to the right side. The second circle was
approximately 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles) away and 14.8
meters (48.8 feet) in diameter, again with a rightward
lay. In this circle, the (surrounding) wheat was standing
Inowroclaw is located 225 kilometers (140 miles)
west-northwest of Warsaw, Poland's capital.
In Canada, a crop circle was found Thursday, June 2,
2005, at the Sandy Bay Reserve near Lake Manitoba. The
formation "was approximately 8 metres (26 feet) long--
grass missing, not flattened--with 1/4-inch (0.63-
centimeter) deep 'grooves' in the soil. The formation is
similar to the early 1990s dumbbell-type formations in
England, with three sets of concentric rings connected by
straight pathways. The grass and the soil in the area
became pretty waterlogged due to excessive rain. The
formation was aligned north-south."
"Also worth noting," reported Paul Anderson of
Canadian Crop Circles Research Network, "Three circles
were found at the site, made of fist-sized rocks, with
curving lines between the circles. Ground photos can be
found at CCCRN's Web site." (Many thanks to Robert
Fischer and Paul Anderson for these reports.)
SPANISH FAMILY STUNNED BY
PHONE CALLS FROM THE DEAD
"A family has requested district judge Number 6 in
Granada," a city in southern Spain, "to issue a court
order authorizing the exhumation of their mother, claiming
that an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recorded on a
cell phone indicated that the deceased is requesting the
removal of a cross placed on her chest during burial."
"The judge ordered them to consult with a priest."
"According to the deceased woman's daughter, the
woman has been contacting them from beyond the grave via
cell phone. She explained that she has no idea where her
mother's messages are coming from, adding that when any
member of her family records anything on her cell phone,
'what is played back is my mother's voice, saying, 'Come,
come, the cross!'""
"Furthermore, her grandfather and uncle, buried in
the same tomb as her mother, are also sending audible
(EVP) messages through family cell phones."
"The judge, who met with the family members for three
minutes and managed to hear the spirit voice recordings,
explained that they should take their claim to a priest or
to the Higher Council for Scientific Research."
The source of the alleged EVP messages, the family's
mother, "Filomena Gomez died two years ago (in 2003) at
age 55 from liver cancer." (See the Spanish publication
Mundo Misterioso for June 17, 2005. Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Rafael Ballester para estas noticias.)
ARE THE DHOLES TUNNELING
UNDER CLAUDE, TEXAS?
"A massive crack in the earth last week appeared in
Claude, Texas (population 1,313) and is creating a stir
"Geologists said Tuesday," June 21, 2005, "the crack
was a joint in the earth's crust."
"They believe the opening is the result of a weak
point in the joint where one fault slips away from the
other. Some pits were more than 30 feet (9 meters) deep
and drained what used to be a pond."
"Some geologists say earth cracks are common, but the
size of the one in Claude is not."
"This is the second time recently that a giant crack
has opened in the earth and drained a body of water," UFO
Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented. "It first
happened on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the village of
Bolotnikovo in Russia's Nizhegorodskaya region. Are the
'dreadful Dholes of eons-forgotten Aklo' up to their old
"The Dholes were mentioned in Kitab al-Azif, the book
of black magic written in Arabic by the Iraqi sorcerer
Abdul Majid Al-Hazrad (640-738 A.D.) He devotes a whole
chapter to the lost city of Aklo and 'they that burroweth
beneath the sands.'
Maybe the Dholes were planning an attack on a certain
ranch in Crawford, Texas. If so, they missed their target
by 423 miles (676 kilometers)."
Claude is on Highway 287 in the Texas Panhandle about
40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Amarillo. (See the
Walker, Minn. Pilot-Independent for June 24, 2005,
"Massive crack opens in earth in Texas.")
CRAZY CROCS INVADE
THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS
"Wildlife workers in Cyprus are trying to verify
reports that crocodiles may be on the loose at a popular
tourist nature spot after they became too dangerous for
their owner to handle."
"The reptiles are believed to have been smuggled in
to the eastern Mediterranean island, where crocodiles do
not breed and the closest nature cousin is the innocuous
This is the fourth report in three weeks about out-
of-place crocodiles or alligators turning up in areas far
from their natural habitat. This phenomenon is known in
Forteana as "the crazy croc syndrome" or "the crazy
In recent weeks, the crazy crocs have appeared at
three locations in the USA: Somers, Wisconsin; South Bend,
Indiana; and Napa, California.
"'The information we are trying to verify is that
someone imported baby crocodiles as pets, and when he
realized they were growing...they were too much for him to
handle, so he let them loose,' a Veterinary Department
"However, police appeared to doubt the accuracy of
the report of the crocodiles' release and suggested that
the story that made headlines" on Cyprus "Thursday (June
23, 2005) might have been a prank."
"'It is impossible for us to verify this information
based on the investigations so far,' a police source
"The crocodiles, believed to number between two and
four, are said to be small in size and are thought to be
less than a year old. Adults can grow to be about 3
meters (10 feet) in length."
"Wildlife wardens are scouring a region on the
southeastern side of the island," between Larnax and
Yermasoyia, which has a lake "which is popular with
tourists and anglers, whose only catch is freshwater
African bass." (See Agence France Presse for June 26,
2005, "Cypriots get teeth into case of missing
crocodiles." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown, UFO
Roundup's crazy croc expert, for this news report.)
PHANTOM PANTHER SEEN
IN THE NETHERLANDS
"Ede Municipal Council has hired the Pantera Big Cat
Foundation to help catch a puma (known as a cougar or
mountain lion here in the USA--J.T.) that is roaming free
in the Veluwe forest.
"The council opted for the Pantera Foundation after
its staff claimed they could catch the big cat alive. The
foundation has been given from Friday," June 10, 2005, "to
Tuesday," June 14, 2005, "to capture the animal."
"A mass search by (Netherlands) police over recent
days has discovered tell-tale signs of the cat, and some
people have caught fleeting glimpses of it. But attempts
to catch it have failed so far."
"The police had indicated that the puma would be shot
dead if it could not be caught quickly."
"Pantera is based in the town of Nijeberkoop and
claims to be the only 'real' big cat reception center in
Europe. The foundation was chosen by the town council
following consultations with animal welfare groups."
"The public has been warned to avoid the Veluwe woods
near Ede as the search continues."
"It is unclear how a puma came to be in the Veluwe, a
60-kilometer (36-mile) wooded area that includes the Hoge
Veluwe National Park. The police have not received
reports of anyone losing their big cat pet, nor have any
pumas escaped from a zoo in the Netherlands."
"But police have warned cyclists and ramblers to
avoid the woods near Ede because experts say a puma on the
loose could be very dangerous."
"Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman said attempts
would be made to capture the animal alive, but, if that
failed, it would be shot and killed."
"The first signs of the puma were detected near
Harskamp at the weekend. Over the following days, more
traces were found, and members of the public reported
sightings. Game wardens also found half-eaten game."
Ede is in Gunderland province about 64 kilometers (40
miles) southeast of Amsterdam, the capital of the
Netherlands. (See the Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf
for June 16, 2005, "Wild cat experts hired to catch
elusive puma." Many thanks to Derek terHorst for this
BEWITCHED STATUE GOES
UP IN SALEM, MASS.
"Welcomed by many including the mayor and some city
councilors but reviled by others, a statue of 1960s TV
icon Samantha Stephens of Bewitched was unveiled amid a
puff of smoke in Salem (Massachusetts, population 40,407)
on Wednesday," June 15, 2005.
"The statue depicts the late actress Elizabeth
Montgomery, who played the nose-wiggling Stephens in the
1960s sitcom (American slang for situation comedy--J.T.),
sitting sidesaddle on a bromstick, her skirt flying behind
her in the breeze, in front of a crescent moon."
"Even though hundreds turned out to welcome the
statue at Lappin Park, including some people who call
themselves witches, others continued to protest."
"'I think it's the best thing to happen to Salem in a
long time,' self-described witch Linda Monroe told"
Channel 5 WHDH-TV in Boston. "'It's a long time coming
for something so fun and cheery. She's awesome. She's
"While some Salem officials said the bronze statue,
sponsored by the TV Land cable network, is just a bit of
fun and will hopefully draw more tourists to the city,
others have criticized it, saying it trivializes the real
and tragic events that occurred in Salem in 1692, when 20
people were put to death after being accused of
"Those people carried signs at Wednesday's event that
said 'Tragedy (does not equal) Whimsy' and 'Is there no
limit to the schlock and hype?' They say the statue is
nothing but an ad for the Bewitched movie, starring Nicole
Kidman and Will Ferrell, scheduled for release June 24,"
"The ceremony was attended by show director William
Asher, who was married to Montgomery, as well as a number
of actors who appeared in the original series, icluding
Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay), Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate) and
Erin Murphy," who portrayed the lead characters' daughter,
"Tabitha Stephens" on the show. (See the Kent County
Daily Times of West Warwick, R.I. for June 16, 2005. Many
thanks to Terry Duckworth for this newspaper article.)
STRANGE SECRETS OF
The movie version of Bewitched premiered last Friday.
The film, which stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, is
based on the popular American situation comedy show, which
ran from 1964 to 1972.
The "father" of lead character "Samantha Stevens"
(portrayed by actress Elizabeth Montgomery) was never
revealed on the show. But in what we sometimes laughingly
call "real life," he was a near-forgotten American
humorist and fantasy writer of the early Twentieth Century
named Thorne Smith.
In 1925, the same year F. Scott Fitzgerald's The
Great Gatsby came out, Smith parlayed his interest in
Spiritualism into a novel entitled Topper: An Improbable
Adventure. The novel, which was published in 1926,
concerned "the misadventures of a man and a ghostly couple
who really knew how to 'live' it up. It spawned a sequel,
movies and even a television show" in the 1950s, starring
Leo G. Carroll as the haunted curmudgeon.
"Another of Smith's novels, Turnabout (1931), also
filmed, involved a couple who magically switched
identities, a concept used numerous times with slight
variations," most recently providing film work for Lindsay
Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Smith was influenced by an 1882 novel by Victorian
novelist Thomas Antsey Guthrie entitled Vice Versa, or A
Lesson to Fathers, about "a father and son (who) switch
places with comical results and appropriate lessons
learned on both sides."
Curiously, Guthrie also wrote The Brass Bottle in
1900, about "a genie who, upon release, created all sorts
of complications for its new master" and "served as the
probable inspiration for the popular television series I
Dream of Jeannie," a contemporary of Bewitched which ran
from 1965 to 1970.
"Another Thorne Smith fantasy, The Night Life of the
Gods brought classical Greco-Roman statues to life for a
night on the town in New York and was made into a film in
Smith died in 1941 while working on his final novel,
The Passionate Witch. The manuscript was completed by
Norman H. Matson. The novel "was filmed as I Married a
Witch in 1942 and, like The Brass Bottle, was possibly
influential in the conception of another popular
television series, Bewitched." (See the book Fantasy of
the 20th Century by Randy Broecker, Barnes & Noble Books,
New York, N.Y., 2001, page 84.)
(Editor's Comment: The 1942 film also launched a
whole slew of Married movies during that period, including
I Married a Nazi, I Married a Communist and I Married a
Monster from Outer Space. And people around the world
actually wonder why the American divorce rate is so high.)
>From the UFO Files...
1830: THOUSANDS OF FISH
FALL IN BANGLADESH
"There are several well-authenticated reports of
falls of fish in India, and this has given rise to the
belief that the phenomenon is more frequent there than
elsewhere. This may be true on account of the favouring
circumstances of extensive river flood plains, numerous
shallow water tanks, a fish fauna rich in shoal water
forms, and a hot whirlwind-breeding climate. Certainly
the description of fish rains in that part of the world
are numerous, specific and astonishing as to the magnitude
of the phenomena."
"A very valuable account of a shower of fishes is
that by J. Prinsep, editor of the Journal of the Asiatic
Society of Bengal. He writes:"
"'The phenomenon of fish falling from the sky in the
rainy season, however incredible it may appear, has been
attested by such circumstantial evidence that no
reasonable doubt can be entertained of the fact. I was as
incredulous as my neighbours until I once found a small
fish in the brass funnel of my pluviometer (rain gauge--
J.T.) at Banares (now Varanasi, India--J.T.). I have now
before me a note of a similar phenomenon, on a
considerable scale, which happened at the Nokulhatty
factory, Zillah Dacca Jedalpur, in 1830."
"Mr. Cameron, who communicated the fact, took the
precaution of having a regular deposition of the evidence
of several natives who had witnessed the fall made in
Bengalee (now Bangladesh--J.T.) and attested before the
magistrate; the statement is well worthy of preservation
in a journal of science..."
"'The shower of fish took place on the 19th of
February, 1830, in the neighbourhood of the Surbundy
factory, Feridpur (modern Faridpur, located on the south
side of the Ganges River about 70 kilometers (42 miles)
southwest of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh--J.T.).'"
"'There are depositions of nine eyewitnesses, of
which I quote two:'"
"Sheikh Chaudari Ahmed Bin Mutiullah, inhabitant of
Nagdi, relates in his deposition: 'I had been doing my
work at a meadow, when I perceived at the hour of 12
o'clock (noon) the sky gather clouds, and began to rain
slightly, then a large fish touching my back by its head
fell on the ground. Being surprized, I looked about, and
behold a number of fish likewise fell from heaven. They
were saul, sale, guzal, mirgal and bodul. I took 10 or 11
fish in number, and I saw many other persons take many.'"
"Sheikh Suduruddin, inhabitant of Nagdi, was called
in and declared in his deposition saying: 'On Friday, at
12 o'clock p.m., in the month of Phalgun ...when I was
about to work in a field, I perceived the sky darkened by
clouds, began to rain a little and a large fish fell from
the sky. I was confounded at the sight, and soon entered
my cottage, which I had there, but I came out again as
soon as the rain had ceased and found every part of my hut
scattered with fish; they were bodul, mirgal and nouchi,
and amounted to 25 in number.'" (See the book The
Unexplained: A Sourcebook of Strange Phenomena by William
R. Corliss, Bantam Books, New York, N.Y., 1976, pages 181
and 182. Also Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal,
Volume 3, pages 650 to 652.)
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