Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Frogs From The Sky!

Throughout history, there have been tales of raining frogs. These stories, as crazy as they may seem, are actually real events! From Biblical tales of Egyptian storms to British towns suddenly finding themselves covered with frogs falling from the sky, such events are caused when a wind storm passes over a pond or lake teaming with frogs, picking them up and dumping them elsewhere!

One recent story, from the Press Democrat news services, was in June of 1997.

"CULIACAN, Mexico- It rained toads in the town of Villa Angel Flores.

A small tornado whirled up a cluster of toads from a local body of water Saturday night and dropped them all the town in the Pacific coast state of Sineloa, the newspaper El Debate reported Tuesday.

Motorists reported the amphibians dropping from the sky around 11 p.m."

But these stories are not uncommon - there was a story as recently as June of 2005 when a Belgrade paper reported a similar incident in Serbia.

It's Raining Frogs!, from Frogland: AllAboutFrogs.org

Raining animals, at Wikipedia

Frogs and fishes—and lots of other things—fall out of the sky frequently enough that even the mainstream media have come to accept it as a real phenomenon, but the media—of course—simply call it a “meteorological” event. Tornados or waterspouts pick up creatures from one place and drop them someplace else.

What sometimes doesn’t get reported is that when people look into details of these events now and then they discover that the fishes or frogs that fall from the sky simply do not live anywhere near the area where they fall. Somehow fishes or frogs or other things apparently get transported very great distances.

If, that is, this kind of thing really is just a meteorological phenomenon.

This stuff happens so much—often enough with the “falls” involving things local residents don’t recognize—that Forteana buffs for a very long time have wondered if the falls might be coming from Someplace Else.

Do the falls come from outer space?

Do the falls come from another time?

Do the falls come from another dimension?

Evolution has never really answered the question of where new species come from. The theory, of course, is that new species evolve from changes to existing species, either through the gradual accumulations of small changes that over time add up to a complete new breeding population or through some ‘punctuated’ process where DNA somehow changes in a radical way in a short time branching a new breeding population from a current population. But nobody has ever observed the formation of a totally new species.

Maybe new species just fall out of the sky.

But more interesting than simple biology issues is the notion that maybe this is how the dinosaurs will return.

Maybe a breeding population of dinosaurs will just fall out of the sky.

I’ve written about dinosaurs coming back a couple of times.

I Hear Dinosaur Music. It’s Beautiful Music.

Modern Romance In The Noir

For the most part these posts kind of wrote themselves. I didn’t plan them, I didn’t have this topic in the back of my mind—consciously—and write the posts to bring the topic forward.

But, the posts having been written, I’ve become interested in the topic. I’ve been wondering if, in fact, dinosaurs might come back and how they might accomplish their return.

I suspect they might just fall from the sky.

Nobody really knows where stuff comes from when it falls from the sky. Even though “common sense” says that what goes up must come down therefore what comes down must first have gone up, Forteana buffs know—and have known for generations—that the world is a wacky, fun place and sometimes common sense just doesn’t cut it when trying to explain things that happen.

It would be interesting if dinosaurs fell from the sky. It would be interesting dealing with the dinosaurs. And it would be interesting trying to figure out where the hell they came from before they fell from “our” sky.

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