I was really interested to read this story from ABC News. Apparently New South Wales Rural Fire Service has been dealing with an extremely unusual fire at Lake Woytchugga near Wilcannia.
For weeks a fire has been burning under the lake bed. The lake is a seasonal one and is dry at this time of year so we aren’t talking about burning water here, but when the fire teams attended they were baffled to find that the edge of the lake bed was on fire.
They have tried flooding the area using water tankers, and digging up the hot ground, but the fire has managed to resist their efforts and continue burning. Their main concern is that the fire may spread to nearby vegetation and begin spreading above ground.
The fire service is not sure what is actually burning, and are assuming that there is some sort of organic material underground that is continuing to smoulder.*
I wonder what is really going on there? Is there coal under the lake that is fuelling the fire or is there something else going on? What do you think coud be under there?
Is there a volcano down there just waiting to let loose on some unsuspecting christmas campers?
Will there be an adventurous soul
drunken yobbo who ventures out on to the lake, cracking the surface and revealing a molten pit of doom?
Of course this redshirt will perish in the process, but every story needs the death of an unknown to get us going, doesn’t it?
What are the chances of this ever happening? The ocean is a BIG place. What do you think the odds are of your boat being in the same place as a falling meteorite? Even luckier, being slightly to the side of the falling meteorite and not directly in its path.
Apparently, on the morning of March 4th 1908, the Dutch steamer Ocean was nearly swamped by huge waves caused by a meteorite falling into the sea nearby.
There is no actual statement in this article telling us who it was on the boat that saw the meteorite falling though.
All that is said is that there were huge waves nearly swamping their boat, and that once Captain Benkert and his crew ventured on deck they found it covered with brown powder that fell from the sky.
Was there really a meteorite, or was it just a big bang followed by huge waves?
So many questions! How did they know it was ‘many tons’? It was just swallowed up by the sea! Meteorites travel at quite a pace, I don’t think you would get a good enough look at it to be able to judge weights, do you? I think there would be more screaming and ducking than fact gathering.
Could it have been some sort of underwater eruption? Not sure about the brown powder though? Any suggestions?
Stories of strange things falling from the sky never fail to amuse me and when I found this one I just had to share it.
Not just boring old frogs and fish here, among other things this article tells us about the live 2ft long alligator falling from the sky in Charleston in 1844. Nice try, but a single alligator does not a shower make.
Frankly, unless I saw the thing falling from a great height with my own eyes I will continue to believe that it appeared immediately after a strange rain event and the people assumed that it fell from the sky.
Can you imagine how angry an alligator would be after a fall like that? I bet that anyone coming across it would be unlikely to live to tell the tale!
I have done posts before about strange things falling from the sky, I loved this one that included poisonous insects (ouch!) and a butter-like substance that, when applied to the skin, effected astonishing cures. What the?! (In that post I said that such a thing would never be smeared upon any part of my body unless that body part had already been amputated…..)
Usually these strange showers are attributed to whirlwinds sucking up the tiny victims (frogs, fish etc) and then dropping them in an unlikely location, seemingly for our amusement.
(In this article from 1911 a poor schoolgirl was sucked up but didn’t travel very far before she fell to her death.)
I understand that the whirlwind theory is a logical one, but it doesn’t explain everything does it? You would think that reports of a shower of frogs would be followed by reports of a pond being suddenly and mysteriously emptied in a nearby part of the country wouldn’t you? After all, the frogs don’t just hang around on the surface waiting to be sucked up, do they? Surely the falling pond frogs should be accompanied by weeds, old boots and lost fishing rods? 😉