Strange Falls & Rains Of Objects & Substances

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Metal object falls out of the sky

Possible Airplane Part Strikes Greenville County Home

Federal Aviation Administration May Investigate

POSTED: 6:43 am EDT June 3, 2004
UPDATED: 8:11 pm EDT June 3, 2004

GREENVILLE -- Sandy Moberg says she has a mystery on her hands after something struck her home Wednesday.

Moberg said she was at home around 4:30 p.m. when she heard a bang against the side of her house.

When she went outside, she found a piece of metal had struck the house, and it was still hot.

"It being so hot and the force of impact going through, breaking through the house and the boards, I knew then we were dealing with something other than just an air condition compressor or something along those lines," Moberg said.

An insurance investigator looked at the metal coil-like object and said it looks like it may have fallen off a passing airplane.

The Federal Aviation Administration may investigate the incident.

http://www.thecarolinachannel.com/news/3376621/detail.html

Now you would imaigne if something dropped off a plane like that someone might notice - its not like the alleged origin of the blue water/crap falls - someone would probably miss something like this and I would have thought it would be unlikely to be space debirs (or would it?).

In some ways I am reminded of this case where soemthing unknown brought a Cessna down:

http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14798

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If it was hot when it landed, it is more likely to have come from space, or at least a plane that was flying at a very high altitude.
Most passenger planes fly at a height that wouldn't be enough to heat up any objects falling from them (I think).
Anybody more knowledgeable care to comment?
 

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It's a tiny spaceship and inside is a tiny alien with superpowers that was sent here by his parents because his own planet was about to be destroyed! (sorry, my ex-boyfriend loved Smallville)
 

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Cant be from space, it would have burnt up on re-entry, must be from a plane, something close to an engine if it was hot.
 

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Residents Baffled By Mystery Splatter

Bourne Residents Report Black Specks On Cars, Homes

POSTED: 11:31 am EDT June 18, 2004
UPDATED: 1:15 pm EDT June 18, 2004

BOURNE, Mass. -- A strange black splatter is baffling Bourne residents.

The specks rained down on homes, cars and plants near the Bourne Bridge and a week later, they're still there.

Town officials say it appears to be an oil-based material that was sprayed from the bridge on June 10.

Officials said it doesn't appear to be related to any work done on the bridge.

In the meantime, the Cape Cod Times reported that neighbors are using everything from paint thinner to glass cleaner to try to get rid of the smudges.

One man said he'll have to replace the vinyl siding on his house.

He's hoping to find the source of the problem so he recover his costs.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/3434123/detail.html

Canalside homes get unwelcome shower

By Paul Gately / [email protected]
Wednesday, June 16, 2004



The neighborhood along the south bank of the Cape Cod Canal below the Bourne Bridge off Sandwich Road was splattered with an oily black substance sometime last Thursday morning.

The splatter rained down on the homes, cars and yards of residents along Emerson, Winslow and Farnum roads. The first suspicion was that the stuff came from the Bourne Bridge painting project to the north of the homes.

The Army Corps of Engineers, however, said that after inspecting the damage the substance is black and oily while the paint being applied to the span a few hundred yards away is a distinct gray primer with the work being canvas-shrouded on the span.

The Corps discovered similar residue covering the Bourne Bridge, its anti-suicide barrier and sidewalk on the west side of the span. It is thought a truck crossing the bridge disgorged the substance. This, however, has yet to be proven.

"How could one truck crossing the bridge spread that much oil to cover three-quarters of the bridge and stretch to the end of Farnum Road?" said Don Provost, one of the homeowners whose property was splattered. "A truck over the bridge? How could it pump out that much oil to cover an area more than a city block wide?"

Homes were splattered to varying degrees. Some homeowners noticed the problem right away; others didn't detect it until Saturday morning when it was pointed out to them.

Many of the fences, patio tables, umbrellas and cars as well as flags and lawn furniture were splattered on their north sides but not on the south. In some cases, the material could be washed or rubbed out.

Depending on the surfaces involved, the substance merely smudged when property owners tried to remove it. It proved difficult to remove from textured surfaces, such as wood shingles.

Albert Chamillard said his new porch awning and screens were splattered along with his Chrysler PT Cruiser. He managed to get the material off the car, except for the bumper, where it was imbedded. The screens were another matter, he said, and the awning warranted further inspection.

Bob Keighley's new white vinyl fence was similarly splattered with spotty cleanup results as was his home and patio.

Provost's bulkhead was splattered and the spots did not come out. His patio furniture was also rained upon.

Provost left home at 9:30 last Thursday morning. Everything was fine, he said.

Keighley left home at 11:30 a.m. last Thursday. Everything was not fine, he said. It was then he noticed the splattering.

The men live about 150 feet from the canal due south of the bridge painting project. Provost said he checked about wind direction with the contractor retained by the painting firm to gauge wind velocity every two hours.

"That time on Thursday morning, the wind was out of the north," Provost said. "Everything that was splattered heavily is on the north side but in some cases not at all on the south."

Dorothy McDonald, meanwhile, was worried about the effect on her vegetable garden, and Provost Saturday morning was inspecting the oily ink spots on the leaves of the vegetation at his home. The environmental aspects of the mystery heightened.

"I'd like to know," Provost said. "Maybe this stuff is hazardous somehow. I don't think it is, but I like to know where it came from. It's probably diesel. You take a tug going against the tide with a load, it's using a lot of power. Maybe there was a back-blast. But can anybody put out that much oil?"

Town Administrator William Griffin, Selectwoman Carol Cheli, a Corps employee and Health Agent Cynthia Coffin inspected the damage Monday. Coffin secured a sample.

http://www.townonline.com/bourne/news/local_regional/ucc_newucboil06162004.htm

Cyn Coffin!!

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Residents near Bourne can't explain black splatter

By Associated Press

Friday, June 18, 2004

A strange gray splatter is baffling Bourne residents.

The specks rained down on homes, cars and plants near the Bourne Bridge and a week later, they're still there.

Town officials say it appears to be an oil-based material that was sprayed from the bridge on June 10th.

But officials say it doesn't appear to be related to any work done on the bridge.

In the meantime, the Cape Cod Times reports that neighbors are using everything from paint thinner to glass cleaner to try to get rid of the smudges.

One man said he'll have to replace the vinyl siding on his house.

He's hoping to find the source of the problem so he recover his costs.

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=32405&format=
 

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Interetsing article but I thought I'd just extract the start of the first page:

The Real CSI

The crackerjack scientists at Lawrence Livermore's Forensic Science Center aren't merely solving baffling crimes. They're also watching your back.

BY SUSAN GOLDSMITH
[email protected]


Brian Andresen remembers the day clearly: It was a winter afternoon in 1994, and San Francisco public health officials were on the phone, desperate for help. A weird green rain had just poured down over a swath of the city, and residents were freaking out. Was this a secret government experiment gone awry? Some weird public art project involving huge amounts of Gatorade? Had the environment become so polluted that the rainwater was now iridescent? Some people were even concerned that the stuff might have come from a UFO. "It was dark green. Light green. Shiny green. Just lots of green rain everywhere," a woman who'd witnessed the bizarre storm told the San Francisco Examiner. "I don't know where it came from or why, but it was kind of beautiful."

The authorities wanted answers, and fast. "The health department ran their typical environmental tests and couldn't figure out what it was," Andresen recalls. "People were saying it had burned their skin." So they turned to him. Andresen was director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Forensic Science Center -- a high-tech chemistry lab he founded in 1991 that does everything from explosives testing to national security investigations to cracking difficult homicide cases. A trained chemist who had spent much of his career analyzing everything from weapons residues to unknown poisons, he was all set up to tackle such problems.

First and foremost in his arsenal was what's known as a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer -- an "exquisitely specific" instrument that first separates a chemical mixture into its constituent parts and then obliterates each of the purified components to determine its basic chemical composition. It doesn't tell you exactly what you've got, but offers strong clues and weeds out thousands of erroneous possibilities. Say your sample lacks nitrogen: You can instantly count out large classes of drugs, poisons, and biomolecules.

As television news crews fanned across the city chasing what was a strange story even by San Francisco standards, the chemist got down to business. His GC/mass spec results indicated a potential culprit, which Andresen further investigated by going out to his 1969 Pontiac GTO and drawing some antifreeze to compare with the mystery rain. Bingo! The liquids were closely related: Standard automotive antifreeze is ethylene glycol. This stuff, it turned out, was a mixture of glycols, including propylene glycol, a less toxic version that also can serve as antifreeze.

But how could antifreeze have rained down on San Francisco? Andresen and his colleagues got SFO on the horn and found out that not only is the stuff used to deice airplanes during the winter -- and it was indeed winter -- but one of the central flight paths matched up exactly with where the green rain had fallen. Mystery solved. The freakish phenomenon was airplane deicer that had jelled on the wings and melted as the plane descended. "People were very relieved," Andresen says. "It helped the community a lot."

The mystery of the chartreuse precipitation was just the first of many high-profile cases for a fledgling lab that now stands at the forefront of forensic sleuthing and chemical counterterrorism.

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/2004-07-14/feature.html
 

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Frozen excrement spoils family's picnic

An Austrian family had their weekend picnic ruined when a lump of frozen excrement fell from the sky and hit their barbecue.

The family from Graz said the grill suddenly exploded as it was struck by a large object that had missed them by a few feet.

The mother of the family said: "I thought it was a meteor but it was frozen so I wrapped it tinfoil and put it in the freezer, and then called the police."

She said the lump was about six inches in diameter.

Police said the waste had come from an aircraft, but the woman said: "I don't see how it can be from an aircraft as none flew overhead all day."

http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1094241.html

6 inches in diamter??

News flash: The police are looking for a large man with watering eyes.
 

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I was taking a class last school year and we were left a BBC documentary to watch. It was a fifty minute epic about the world's weather-systems.

This was clearly a mainstream programme rather than a schools' broadcast - the budget was quite reasonable!

They included a sequence about strange rains, and featured a fall of apples into a garden remote from any such trees.

These Fortean events now seem to be accepted as the actions of whirlwinds. No mention of their peculiar selectivity though. ;)
 

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That would require a complete re-arrangement of known scientific principals ... and a re-publication of school textbooks. So the government (who are trying to sell the UK cheap) will not increase costs.

Me, cynical?
 

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Cops investigate faeces from sky mystery

December 15 2004 at 06:44PM

Maiguio, France - Police in a small village in southeast France are probing a mystery that is as puzzling as it is insalubrious: a rain of faeces that has dirtied houses and cars for years.

The main lead being followed up is the hypotheses that the excrement is being dumped by some of the many aircraft that use a flight path above the village of Mauguio on their way to the nearby Montpellier airport.

But according to one officer attached to the investigation, the discharge could not come from modern passenger planes, which have waste tanks to collect human waste.

"This excrement could come from other types of aircraft. In that case, it would be a thoughtless act similar to the bilge-flushing that ships sometimes do at sea," he said.

A local car-dealer raised the stink over the matter after becoming frustrated at having to constantly clean brown spots off the vehicles in his lot.

He had samples analysed by a laboratory which confirmed the residue came from mammals - though it could not specify it came from humans - and he lodged a formal police complaint last Friday.

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Another case of mystery muck, this time in the Waikato; CAA says it cannot be from aircraft

4 February 2005

A Waikato resident is puzzled by a mystery dumping on her house.

Margaret Porter says the roof and windows of her Scotsman Valley home are covered in a substance which appears to be faeces

She has no idea where it has come from, but called in a Civil Aviation Authority inspector as her home is below a flight path.

Ms Porter says he told her the mess could not have been dumped from an aircraft, as it would have been reported.

Similar mystery muck has appeared on rooves around the country in the past two years, but no-one has found the official cause yet.

Mrs Porter says the substance is definitely some type of faeces which is splattered all over the place.

She says recent rain is helping her wash the muck off, and now she just wants to know where it came from.


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This thread is morphing into the POO! thread!
 

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And a new explanation - the crow hypothesis:

Friday, Feb 25, 2005


Dirty needle falls from sky


(CBC) - A Vancouver man says he had a close encounter with a syringe falling from above as he walked through Chinatown earlier this week.

At first, Jeff McLeod thought he had been narrowly missed by a twig, but says what he found lying on the ground next to him was a dirty needle.

"It was quite dirty and disgusting looking, and we wondered where it came from, and lo and behold a crow was perched on the edge of the roof right where we were walking," he says.

The building had no windows, and McLeod says the crow is the only possible source of the needle.

It's not uncommon to find syringes on the ground. in parts of the downtown area.

Bob Ross, the outreach supervisor at the Vancouver Carnegie Centre, says his group picks up on average of 1,800 needles a month.

"A crow could find one, there's no question about that. If we can find them, they can find them. Parks and bushes are places where people discard them."

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I was at least angling for smackheads with catapults (good name for a band if Your Rioting Corpse fails).
 

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Woman Thinks Plane Dropped Human Waste On Home

Airport Director Doubts Substance Was Sewage From Aircraft

POSTED: 12:08 pm EST March 11, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- There was no stink, but a woman is convinced that a passing plane dumped human excrement on her home, showering it with a dark goop.

Jennifer Bomgardner returned home from work Tuesday to find a mysterious substance splattered on two sides of her home, her driveway, sidewalk and a neighbor's house.

She and her father, Ivan Richardson, are convinced that the material is human waste dumped from a plane, possibly one visiting nearby Monroe County Airport.

Bomgardner said Thursday that planes approaching the airport to land often fly over her home and one could have dumped waste on her southwest Bloomington neighborhood.

Monroe County health administrator Bob Schmitt visited the home and said the substance resembled tobacco spit.

"I don't know what it is," said Schmitt, who advised Bomgardner to wash away the stuff with soap, water and a brush.

Linda Lawyer, the airport's administrative assistant, said she had also had "no clue whatsoever" what the substance was. "I told her it's the first time in 20 years I've ever heard of such a thing," Lawyer said.

Airport director Rex Hinkle said it was possible, but unlikely, that someone could have dumped sewage from inside a plane.

But he said Tuesday was so cold that any waste dumped from a plane flying at a significant altitude would have frozen solid as it fell to the ground.

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Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

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Technically, at least at this juncture, there isn't much reason to think this is poo - just some dark substance falling from the sky.
 

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Object falls from the sky

Empty canister hits roof of gas station

By JUSTIN ST. CLAIR
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Published by news-press.com on March 19, 2005


A possibly-hazardous object fell from the sky Wednesday afternoon, striking the roof of Golson's Shell station on Homestead Road.

The station sits under the approach path for Southwest Florida International Airport, but airport officials say the object does not appear to be aircraft-related.

People at the service station are used to the sound of jets flying overhead, but were startled by a loud bang on the roof at about 1:30 p.m.

"We heard something hit the roof like a shotgun shell," said Eddie Golson, who owns the station at 1105 Homestead Road. "A customer came in and said a bottle fell out of the sky."

The object was a plastic cylinder less than a foot long and 3 inches in diameter. It was empty, but marked hazardous. A section of the label read: "May cause blindness or death."

Golson, 46, of Lehigh Acres, flies planes and owns a charter and cargo business, Air Express International. He first called the Federal Aviation Administration office in Miami, which told him to call the local fire department.

The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District came and secured the object, Golson said.

After determining that the canister was empty, emergency workers called Waste Management to dispose of it. But the canister wound up in the hands of the Lee County Port Authority, which manages the airport.

Airport spokeswoman Laska Ryan said Waste Management contacted the airport about "an item that fell out of the sky."

Aircraft mechanics inspected the cylinder and said it didn't appear to be aircraft-related, Ryan said.

Cashier Brandy Raulerson, 26, of Lehigh Acres was on duty when the canister struck the station.

She said hearing the bang, and seeing what it was, had been a shock. She also was surprised the incident hadn't drawn more attention from authorities. The object fell just a few yards from one of Lehigh's busiest streets in the main commercial area.

"You'd think someone would want to get to the bottom of it," Raulerson said. "It could have killed someone falling from that high up."

Golson, who has been a pilot since the 1970s, theorized that the canister contained a cleaning product and had been left in the plane's wheel well, only to be dislodged as the plane put out its landing gear on approach to the airport.

Ryan said mechanics believed the object might be something used in the repair of underground cable.

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I had a slightly puzzling experience at the weekend. I was rowing and had just turned my boat when I felt what felt like a piece of gravel hit my cheek. I assumed it had been kicked up by a runner running past and thought nothing of it. A few minutes later MORE gravel fell, some went into the water and some scattered across the stern of my boat. This time there was no-one about at all, and definately no possibilty of anyone following me without me noticing. Most odd. :sceptic:
 

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i've heard that workers building the empire state building were showered with grain when they got to the top. analyzing it revealed that it was barley seed from the midwest that had been blown over a thousand miles. apparently some species of plants cross polinate over very vast distances.

i remember about 10 years ago my family took a vacation to florida. there was a strange un-florida-like brown haze that covered the atlantic coast, the weather reports indicated that it was saharan sand that was carried here by unusually harsh storms in that part of the world
 

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We had a rain of sand in the West Midlands at the weekend.

I had to clean my dad's car up on Monday morning for him and the car was covered in sand, so was his neighbour's car too. It would not have been due to a passing lorry shedding sand as their cars are parked in a private close well away from the main road.

I can remember sometime in the mid to late '80's, falls of sand reputedly from the Saharan region fell on the Midlands over a number of days or possibly a week[?].

The reason I can just about remember this is because a dinnerlady at my Junior school brought in a strange looking grasshopper she had found on her car one morning and it was identified by one of my teachers as a locust. They reckoned it must have been blown over with the sand. She ended up giving the locust (resplendent on a cottonwool ball in a little transparent case) to my friend and I was gutted as I had wanted it too.
 

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Its all circumstantial that it was a plane ;)

Woman Claims She Was Sprayed by Jet Fuel


Mar 23, 10:50 PM (ET)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A woman who lives four miles south of Tampa International Airport claimed she was sprayed by fuel dumped from a jet flying low over her neighborhood. The accusation was denied by both airport and federal officials.

Vicki Morris, 51, a real estate agent, said she was on her daily walk Monday night when the alleged incident occurred. She said she heard a whooshing sound, consistent with a plane flying overhead, and then felt a mist accompanied by a strong fuel odor.

"It was like someone had poured kerosene to start a fire," said Morris, who said she had difficulty breathing and experienced tingling of her skin and scalp after the incident.

Airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan said there was no emergency that would have forced a jet to dump its fuel Monday night, and Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen concurred.

"There was no emergency declared and no authorized dumping of fuel" in the area of Morris' claim, Bergen said.

Morris said she went through three bottles of air freshener while battling the scent, which was still slightly detectable in her neighborhood early Tuesday.

Jet fuel is a known carcinogen that causes irritation to eyes, nausea, headaches and lightheadedness.

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Information from: The Tampa Tribune, WWW.TAMPATRIB.COM

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"There was no emergency declared and no authorized dumping of fuel" in the area of Morris' claim, Bergen said.
I wonder if it might have been a crop-spraying 'over-run'?
 

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Greasy dust remains a mystery

DEP official: Substance found in Palmerton doesn't match product inside Horsehead.

By Matt Birkbeck
Of The Morning Call

The state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday that the mysterious dust that has plagued Palmerton since last summer may not be zinc calcine.

Exactly what it is, they don't know.

''We're not sure. It looks like zinc calcine, but it doesn't test like zinc calcine. It doesn't make sense,'' said Mike Bedrini, the DEP's northeast director.

Bedrini and other state officials updated residents on their efforts to identify the greasy, rust-colored dust that many believe originates from the Horsehead plant.

DEP officials originally identified the material as zinc calcine and said it came from trucks at the Horsehead plant, where the dust is manufactured.

But Bedrini said further analysis indicated that it may not be zinc calcine, and that subsequent inspections of the Horsehead plant have not revealed a source of the dust.

''The dust we found outside does not match up to the product inside. We don't know if it's even zinc calcine,'' Bedrini said.

Inhalation or ingestion of zinc calcine causes irritation of the nose, throat and respiratory tract, and can result in headaches, nausea and vomiting. The lead and cadmium found in zinc calcine can cause cancer.

Palmerton resident Russell Henning complained bitterly during the meeting, hosted by the Palmerton Citizens for a Clean Environment, that his home, which is near the Horsehead plant, is covered daily in the dust.

Another resident presented the DEP officials with two, dust-covered paper towels, the dust wiped from a windowsill.

Bedrini acknowledged there was a problem, but couldn't say what the next step would be.

Tom DiLazaro, a DEP air quality control director from Bethlehem, said the investigation was inconclusive, though Horsehead was slapped with a violation for releasing excess emissions four times over the state limit last September.

The violation did not include a fine, but Bedrini said additional penalties could be in the offing.

''Further enforcement is planned,'' Bedrini said.

As for the dust problem, Bedrini said the DEP will continue to monitor the situation.

''Horsehead thinks it's highly unlikely that it's zinc calcine, but we're not ready to accept that,'' Bedrini said.

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The odd thing is a good environmental lab could tell you what it was relatively quickly but there just seems to be fannying around (unless they know and won't say or can't work out what it is!!).
 

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The village where mystery Bible fell!

Olusanjo Amoo
Posted to the Web: Sunday, May 15, 2005

"Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?"

Unfortunately for Araya, while the "whole world" knows of the open Bible and letter that fell from heaven, Araya is not the custodian of that mysterious treasure today!

Although Christianity was first introduced to Onitsha on the Niger in 1857, the missionary activities were confined mainly to the Eastern part of the River Niger. Consequently, the first recorded missionary visit to Isoko did not take place until 1911, although a parsonage had been established at Patani on the Niger, very close to Isoko, many years before then. In that year, Reverend H. Proctor and Reverend J. D. Aitken, both of whom were based in Patani, visited Isoko.

This was followed by subsequent missionary visits, particularly by Rev. Aitken. There was much enthusiasm about the Christian religion among the Isoko people. From these visits, two things happened. First, Reverend Proctor and Reverend Aitken urged the Church Missionary Society (C M S) to take steps to open up the Isoko area through missionary work. Consequently, Reverend Aitken was commissioned by the Niger Mission to undertake a survey of the Isoko area with a view to constituting it into a separate district.

Following a meeting held in July 1914 on Aitken’s report by the Executive Committee of the Niger Mission, Isoko was constituted into a district with Reverend J. D. Aitken as the Pastor in charge and Oleh as headquarters.

Second, a large number of lsoko became converted and were visiting Patani in large numbers. Although these converts were illiterate, they bought Bibles in English, which they put under their pillows "as a witness to God that they have left heathenism and have joined God’s company", as Reverend Aitken put it.

Mr. Isara Ewhoboh of Araya was one of those who bought these Bibles. Indeed, whenever Reverend Aitken visited Araya, he stayed in Isara’s house. He was allocated a room in the house and its windows had to be blocked to shut out mosquitoes. That was not the only evidence of lsara’s commitment to his new faith. He was able, through prayers, to heal the sick and perform other miracles.

Mystery Bible Found

In Araya, during the rainy season when the River Niger overflows its banks, a greater part of the farmlands are flooded as Lake Aya is linked to the River Niger by a creek and the Ase River. The flood comes about late August every year, after the usual lull in the rainy season, always referred to as "August Break". Prior to the flood of the year 1914, Mr. lsara and his followers had been advised through dreams to expect a wonderful blessing/miracle from God to Araya. What was not known, however, was the form the blessing or miracle would take.

However, as was usual annually, the community was hastily harvesting all crops. Every late August, people who had farms in the farmland called "Igbedi" would move their harvests by head from the farms to the creek which links Aya to the Ekregbesi creek, which in turn leads to the Ase River and the River Niger.

The creek had lavish banks of shining gritty yielding white sand. People stacked their yams in serrated order right on the sands or on top of heaped yam stakes. After staging on the creek, it was less laborious to take it home by boat. To beat the floods, one Mrs. Ofuonwaikie Esievo and other women went to Igbçdi, a farmland situated on the bank of the creek and is about three kilometers from Araya. They were to ferry home their yams because the flood was swiftly catching up on the yams stacked up on the sands. They hurried up on that fateful morning all soaked to the skin to take off another load. But a surprise laid in wait for Mrs. Esievo and her mates. What did they find?

On the yams, wide open was a large Bible and a written sheet, supposed to be a letter! But the wonder of wonders, the book was quite dry though everything was dripping wet. They surmised that whoever placed the book there did so only a moment earlier. So, they called, shouted, hollered for the owner but nobody was anywhere! Now Ofuonwaikie and the other women were pagans. However, knowing what miracles the Bible was doing in the hands of Isara, the first Christian, they apprehensively protected the book as best as they could, and carried it home along with the yams. There could have been no sense in leaving the book to the mercy of the rain and the flood. Back home, Ofuonwaikie still dripping wet, took the mysterious book to Isara. Isara brought out his own! Who then in a totally illiterate society, and almost pagan society, could abandon a Bible in the bush, in the rain? The mystery deepened.

Unfortunately, Rev. J. D. Aitken, the newly-appointed pastor at OLEH, had gone on leave and it was natural, therefore, for Isara to insist that the Bible be kept until Reverend Aitken came back from his vacation. After all, they were close. But these pleas were ignored by others, who were motivated by the possibility of reward rather than acting in furtherance of the Christian faith.

The debate attracted Araya Community elders and after a prolonged meeting, it was agreed that the book should be taken to Patani to Rev. Henry Proctor. The delegation which was led by Isara consisted of Ofuonwaikie’s husband, Esievo, and her cousin, Emeriovo on the one hand, and Messrs. Akanabia and Ekeriama who were members of Isara’s church on the other hand.

Pastor Shaken

From Isara’s account, when Rev. Proctor saw the Bible and read the letter, he was greatly shaken. He advised Isara to go home and come back in a fortnight’s time, when he, Isara, would be told the contents of the letter and what blessings to expect. One can imagine Isara’s bewilderment and dilemma. After all the rancour at Araya over the book, their tedious journey on water by canoe had achieved no immediate results. They were sent by the entire Araya Community, Christians and pagans alike, and the question of spending two weeks in Patani did not therefore arise. But there was a problem! They could not leave the Bible and letter with Rev. Proctor in the circumstances.

As the leader of the delegation,Isara approached Rev. Proctor demanded that if they must come back in fourteen days’ time, he should give the letter and the Bible back to them to take to Araya and return with them later. Rev. Proctor could not stand this effrontery. While still shaken by the sight of the Bible and letter, he ordered Isara to get out of his house, or, he would order his servants to push him down. Knowing fully well that a fall from such a height could only mean instant death, Isara was amazed that a whiteman professing Christianity and preaching love could ever dream of such a wicked thing. Since there were no options left, Isara together with his delegation returned to Araya downcast. They returned two weeks later as arranged only to be told that Rev. Proctor had left for England on vacation.

Isara did not lose hope as Rev. Aitken his friend was yet to return from leave. On his return, Isara contacted him and related the whole matter, only for Rev. Aitken to confirm that there was nothing he could do. Rev. Proctor was his boss.

Isara became completely disillusioned, and lost faith in the Church which he brought to Araya. Accordingly, he formed his own religious society known as Oghene Ovo (Only God). He never came back to the Church until his death on November 26, 1956. However, whatever may have prompted Proctor’s action could not in any way disturb God’s pre-ordained miracles and blessings for Araya. After Isara, Araya has produced Evangelist Cornelius Adam lgbudu, and many sons and daughters who God is using in "mysterious ways.

What nobody knows is whether Rev. Proctor took the Bible with him on that journey in 1914 or whether it formed part of his personal effects which were later sent back to England after his death. One may never know what actually happened. But what is significant is the fact that a Holy Bible, from "nowhere", landed on the yams of a pagan woman in Araya, in those early days of Christianity in Isoko. It was later said that while Rev. Proctor was on his way to England by boat, he fell sick and died. He did not reach home.

Monument

"In spite of constant references to the ARAYA HOLY BIBLE, its import was virtually forgotten until 1986 when Mr. Lawson Eghagha wrote the community about his dream on the Bible and the need for Araya people to identify the spot and do something there", Chief Jesse Owodo Osima, who built a multi-denominational chapel at the Araya Holy Bible site, told Sunday Vanguard.

Osima went on: "I was particularly touched by the contents of the letter which to me were spiritually inspired, As the chairman of the community, I set up the machinery to identify the spot and acquire the entire land surrounding it for the community. It was not an easy task determining the spot because only a few of those who were involved are still alive today. However, those concerned were all taken to the area individually to identify the exact spot on which the BIBLE fell. Whereas all pointers were to the land, different spots which were a few feet apart, the greater number of elders pointed to a particular spot.

"This spot was cleared by the community only to find six aged plants of Glyphaea Brevis

(Aleze), so placed that if you joined them, they gave a picture of a book wide open. They were

the only plants found there amidst the elephant grass. It was then we became convinced that

God was still performing His wonders. "It was at this point that I became convinced that the fallen BIBLE from heaven at ARAYA is a living thing. It cannot therefore be a myth or legend!

"This conviction led me to building the monument on the site. The sculpture portrays a Bible, wide open, on top of yams stacked on sand. "The monument was completed in January, 1988, and was unveiled and sanctified on Saturday April 2, 1988".

Boy circumcised in womb

As if to confirm that Araya is truly a town of miracles, four years ago (2001), another mystery happened with the birth of a strange boy. He was circumcised from the womb besides having other spectacular features which include his face which was like that of an old man and two toes on each of both feet joined together.

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forteantimes.com had something right on the homepage under "on this day" about pennies dropping onto a building all day long. something like that. You guys probably have mentioned it in these 5 pages already.
 

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Mystery object fell from the sky

A GAS canister apparently fell off a plane and hit a Culcheth man's roof.

It appears to have exploded and broken off a small aircraft, then struck Alan Debenham's home.

It shattered a couple of heavy tiles before bouncing down on to a garage roof, at 5pm last Monday.

"There was a big bang - it sounded like someone throwing a load of bricks through a window," said Mr Debenham, a 58-year-old sales manager from Bent Lane.

He found the eight-inch by one-and-a-half-inch cylinder was still warm and had been split down its length, as it had blown up.

He said: "It must have come from the sky because it was such a big bang and it hit the house with some force.

"It certainly would have killed somebody if it had hit them."

He added: "The only other place it could have come from was if something had exploded nearby, but nobody round here knows about anything happening like that."

It appears the cylinder came from a light aircraft rather than a commercial flight.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport analysed its flight data and found no flights passed over Culcheth at the time of the incident.

Manchester Airport took the cylinder away for testing and said it had not come from a large flight, though investigators could not rule out that it may have fallen from a small plane.

The Civil Aviation Authority said it had not received a report of a problem.

"It hasn't come from a plane, I think the police should know," said Mr Debenham.

He added: "I'm quite determined to get to the bottom of this."

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Manure falls from sky -- for second time

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
LaNIA COLEMAN
THE SAGINAW NEWS

He's heard that it's impossible, but Timothy J. Rohn swears human waste is raining from the sky.

"It doesn't look like friendly stuff," said the 47-year-old Richland Township resident whose home is in the flight path of airplanes going to and from MBS International Airport. "Bird poop is kind of white, but this is a lot of brown. It's a mess."

Tuesday, for the second time in as many months, Rohn found the suspicious substance splattered on the side of his truck and his home, on North Raucholz near Geddes.

"It's in the exact same spot," he said. "Some of it is white, but there are a lot of brown blotches, and it doesn't look like any goose poop to me. Plus, it would be quite a coincidence to have that many birds hit the exact same spot twice."

Even Richland Township Police Officer Gary Wade is perplexed.

"It's manure," Wade said, "and it came from the sky. If it came from some kind of fowl, it had to be one heck of a large flock. To me, it looks like bird droppings but, man, it had to be an awful large flock of birds. It's all over."

Both Rohn and Wade said they know that airplanes cannot discharge waste in flight because the mechanism that opens the hatch is accessible only from the outside of the craft.

Still, Rohn wonders if the holding tank or valve could leak.

"The airplanes turn when they go over our house, so they can line up with the radar on Orr," Rohn said. "What I'm wondering is whether there is a cap that can fall off or leak, because this is the second time it's happened, and I don't want it to happen a third time. What if my 8-year-old daughter was outside when it happened?"

Rohn said the substance definitely is excrement and, from what he could see Tuesday night, it may have contained toilet paper that had broken down in chemicals. He said he did not notice a blue or other chemical tint to the substance.

The material, which appeared between noon and 3 p.m., caused no permanent damage to Rohn's house or truck. The first time it happened, he let rain and snow do the washing for him.

Rohn said he plans to contact airport officials today, just to get more information.

"I was irate at first," he said. "But I took an aspirin and laid down and called it a day."

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Mystery Dust Blamed For Power Outage

March 6, 2006

A white powdery substance has local people asking what it is and where did it come from.

Last Friday, the rain and snow came down with a powdery yucky substance.

We received a number of emails asking what the mystery dust was in the air.

The dust is being blamed for a power outage in Idaho Falls on Monday evening. The power was out in the area of Sunnyside and Woodruff.

Power workers says the dirt created an arc across the insulators. It acts like a groundwire and shorted out the power. The power crews rerouted the power, but Tuesday morning, they'll have to fix the insulators.

What is the mystery dirt? Utah Power officials say it's salt from the Great Salt Lake. It blew in with the storm. Salt is a conductor.

Video from earlier Monday, shows the the white film is still splattered all over the windows and cars.

It kind of looks like a dirty truck, but this is the same white film that many of you called and wrote to us about.

We called the Department of Environmental Quality, the Health Department, various Police and Sheriff dispatch offices in surrounding counties, the Weather Service, even State Offices in Boise, everybody knows what we're talking about, but nobody knows what it is.

DEQ says it's most likely a natural occurrence, perhaps dust in the air that came down with the rain.

We did find one private lab in Idaho Falls that is willing to test anyone's samples if you're worried about it. But that test will cost you $250 and we were told it probably wouldn't show anything conclusive.

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Mystery of the bike that fell out of the sky

IT WAS two days after Christmas and the snow was falling...

And then a pink bicycle dropped out of the sky.

Archaeologist Stephen Flinders was working on the medieval site which has been uncovered at St Mary's Church in Ilkeston when a girl's push bike sailed over the wall and landed beside him.

He said: "There was a crash and a thump and this pink bicycle came flying over the church wall.

"I went around to the other side and expected to see someone running off - but there was no one.

"But there were bike tracks and footprints in the snow from the marketplace to the spot where it had been thrown over the wall."

A puzzled Mr Flinders contacted the police and was told they had not received any reports of a stolen bike.

Now he is appealing to readers of the Advertiser to help him solve the mystery.

He said: "It's a brand new bike for a little girl between the ages of eight and ten and it has a distinctive name on the side. It might ring a few bells!"

If you recognise the bikes contact Mr Flinders on 0115 8548373.

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23 March 2006

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