Raining worms in Scotland
- David Pescovitz
- Apr 06, 2011
A shower of worms fell on a class of kids playing football at Scotland’s Galashiels Academy. (For more on weird “animal falls,” check out Charles Fort’s 1919 classic The Book of the Damned. Above, a 1555 engraving of a “fish fall.”) From Scotsman.com:
(Teacher David) Crichton said the children had just completed their warm-up when they began to hear “soft thudding” on the ground.
The class then looked to the cloudless sky – and saw worms falling on to them. The incident in Galashiels is believed to have been caused by freak weather over a nearby river lifting water and worms and dumping it over the road…
Similar events were recorded in 1872 in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1877 in Christiana, Norway, and in 1924 in Halmstad, Sweden. In July 2007 a woman was crossing a road in Louisiana when large clumps of tangled worms dropped from above.
“Never mind cats and dogs – school hit by worm rain” (via Fortean Times)