In Australia we have Bogong moths that migrate in large numbers at certain times of year. I am not sure that they ever migrate in such numbers that you would be able to say they carpeted the ground thickly as they do in this article.
Imagine how many moths it would take to cloud the lights of Broadway for hours. I am sure there were less lights in 1932 but still, that is a lot of moths. What an amazing sight it would have been.
I wonder what type of moths they were and if they are known for mass migration?
Crayfish raining from the sky? Wouldn’t want to get hit by one of them, especially if it was alive and, no doubt, angry after its unexpected fall!
The man was standing in front of a hotel though, so there is always the chance it was aimed at him by a mate on an upper floor.
Yes, I know there may have been other sightings, but these people were reporting things falling from the sky that they ‘thought were crayfish’. These witnesses couldn’t have been to close to the action.
It is quite hard to mistake a crayfish for another thing, even if it is splattered on the pavement.
I love this sign and think I need a similar one in my house. Hmmm…
A man is in attendance to take care of all the swearing, mess making and grumping required in this establishment. No further assistance in this department is required.
I love the part where ‘an undertaker calls every morning for orders’. I have a mental picture of the bodies from the previous nights fracas being left where they fell, awaiting the measuring tape of the undertaker. Draped over the bar, half out of a window, under a pile of smashed chairs, barmaids sweeping up broken glass around them.
Jacket cleaned with petrol, matches in the pocket and the origin of the fire is uncertain? Really? Let me take a guess.
When I found this I thought “Yay, a spontaneous human combustion story.” Now I just think that people in the past must have tolerated far worse smells than we do today. And had less respect for flammable liquids.
Barrier Miner 31 Mar 1920http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45543067
There is no way I would purposely clean some clothing in petrol if I ever wanted to wear it again, although I know that it was something that was done in the past.
The Man of the House often comes in on the weekend having splashed petrol on his clothes after an adventure in the man cave. He is immediately banished to the outer and the offending clothing hung on the line (sometimes for days) until some of the evil smell has evaporated!
If normal parliamentary procedure was followed, I expect that some of the opposition party members who followed Mr George Brown out of the chamber to ‘help’ him would have been doing all they could to fan the flames….
Ha ha…horse in a fish trap… finny harvest… chuckle…
Sorry, I was ridiculously amused by the writing in this article.
I expect that Bert’s fish trap was the corralling-the-fish-into-an-enclosure type and not one in the lowering-a-cage-on-a-string style. Imagine the size of the fish they were after if it was!
In that case, a runaway horse would have been the least exciting thing in their day….
Rabies used to be called Hydrophobia due to the intense aversion to water victims suffer once the disease takes hold. When I got to the end of this article and added up the toll of animal and human victims of these dogs I was horrified, 17 people and around 55 dogs in just two incidents.
The suffering the victims of rabies endure before death is utterly dreadful and this article tells me of a multitude of children that may meet that terrible end. I found articles detailing the decline of children bitten by rabid dogs, and, although the preemptive killing all of the animal victims of these attacks sounds a little heartless it is really an act of mercy.
Rabies can remain in the body for many years before manifesting symptoms, so some of these poor children could have become sick in their teens. I wonder how many of these human victims developed rabies themselves? How many other dogs were bitten, slinking off to lick their wounds unnoticed, this event being repeated in the coming days or weeks?
Interesting that at 7 o’clock in the morning the majority of people in the streets were children running errands. Quite different from mornings now. 7am is parents going to work and kids moaning about getting out of bed!
The first incident described in this article describes the corner of North Avenue and Clyborne as the city limits in 1874, and the dog running out onto the prairie once the police officer gave chase. I have never been to Chicago but google maps shows me that in 2011 this corner is quite a distance from anything resembling a prairie!