Vast gelatinous areas aloft

In a rainstorm in Wilna, Lithuania, on April 4, 1846, nut-sized masses of a resinous and gelatinous substance fell, according to Comptes Rendus, 23-542. It was “odorless until burned: then it spread a very pronounced sweetish odor.” It was firmer than “gelatine,” but when in water for 24 hours, it “swelled out, and looked altogether gelatinous.” A similar substance fell in Asia Minor in 1841 and 1846.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 47-48 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

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