No matter what type of climate you live in, sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with bad weather. For many people, this means putting up with a lot of rain. Usually, we all grin and bear it, because we know that rain is good for the planet, but precipitation of any kind is mostly an inconvenience.
However, not all rain is created equal. After all, it’s only good for the planet when the rain in question is actually water! Check out these 20 instances when something other than water rained from the skies. You’ll get goosebumps when you see them…
1. Spiders: Imagine you’re driving along, minding your own business, when you’re suddenly caught in a downpour of spiders. The Anelosimus eximius spider weave their webs up high in the trees, so in the 1970s, when a strong wind blew, they all came swirling down to Earth.
2. Golf balls: Witnessed were baffled when a town in Florida was pelted with gold balls from the sky in 1969. Meteorologists figured out that a tornado had picked up the balls from a local golf course; when the storm dissipated, the balls fell down. Fore!
3. Meat: One small town in New York in 1876 got the shock of a lifetime when meat began to rain down from the sky. The reason? Buzzards that had just feasted on dead horses dropped the remains as they flew overhead. Blerg.
4. Non-dairy creamer: In 1969, in a small town in South Carolina, clumps of non-dairy creamer rained down, mystifying everyone who saw it. Apparently, the local factory that made the stuff was having serious issues with its exhaust system!
5. Frogs: While it might sound downright biblical, frogs can rain down for more mundane reasons. Tornadoes that form over lakes, called waterspouts, can pull up the unlucky amphibians and deposit them elsewhere, just like the one that hit Oklahoma in 1992!
6. Worms: A soccer team in the United Kingdom was sent running indoors when they got pelted with earthworms from the sky in 1995. There were no tornadoes reported in the area, though, and the origin of the wormy rain is still a mystery.
7. Human body: In 2014, a mother and her child were driving home when a human body dropped from the sky and broke through their windshield. It turned out that two planes collided, killing 122 people onboard; one of the victims landed on her car.
8. A cow: In February 2011, two Japanese fishermen were arrested for claiming that a cow fell from the sky and crushed their ship—but they weren’t lying. Russian officials later admitted that the cow was thrown off one of their planes when it proved to be more trouble than it was worth; the fishermen were promptly released.
9. Money: In the mid-1950s, the residents of one small town in France woke up to find franc bills falling from the sky. To this day, no one is sure what caused this strange phenomenon and many remain skeptical that it ever happened!
10. Blood: In Colombia in the 1960s, a red liquid was said to sprinkle on one town. When tested by scientists, the liquid was, in fact, blood! Local priests believed that the blood was a sign that the town needed to change its ways. There have been no reports of bloody rain since.
11. Hermit crabs: If you don’t like shellfish, then be grateful you weren’t in a seaside town in England in 1881. That was when the skies were said to rain hermit crabs. Sounds pretty fishy.
12. Slime: In the mid-1990s in Tasmania, Australia, some people woke up to find all of their cars and driveways were covered in slime. Apparently, a recent storm had picked up a school of jellyfish, which promptly landed all around the neighborhood as the storm weakened.
13. Corn: In the 1980s in Colorado, kernels of corn rained down on a few small towns for several days. To make matters even more baffling, there were no corn fields anywhere near the towns!
14. Alligators: In 1887 in South Carolina, another storm system was to blame for picking up several alligators and sending them down in one poor man’s backyard. Thankfully, the gators were all just fine, though the man was likely not too pleased.
15. Red rain: When a serious rainstorm with blood-red rain poured down on India in 2009, no one knew what was going on. Scientists later determined that the red rain was caused by fungal spores. Phew!
16. Bird blood: In 1887 in Italy, one particularly bad storm coated citizens with blood… from birds. Scientists believe the storm ripped the birds apart. What a logical explanation for a terrifying event!
17. Squid: In 2008 in Japan, one fisherman found himself lost at sea. When he was rescued, he claimed that things had gone off course when a frozen squid fell from the sky and knocked him unconscious!
18. Mud: During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, it wasn’t uncommon for mud to fall from the sky instead of rain. All of the dust in the air would mix with the water with dramatic (and mucky) results.
19. A shark: In southern California in 2012, golfers were stunned when a giant shark was dropped onto their course. Scientists studied the shark and determined that a large bird of prey had plucked it out of the ocean, thinking it would make for a fine meal!
20. Poop: In 2004, a boatload of tourists in Chicago got the shock of their life when they were struck with 800 pounds of raw sewage. Apparently, the Dave Matthews Band’s tour bus was crossing over a bridge above them when the band’s driver hit release on the vehicle’s poop chute. He had to pay a $10,000 fine!
Can you imagine just going about your business and suddenly spotting a shark—or poop—falling from the sky? These stories are just utterly nuts.
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