It wasn’t there

On June 18, 1907, according to the London Times the next day, the Ascot Cup vanished. It was 13 inches high and 6 inches in diameter, made of 20-carat gold and weighing 68 ounces. The cup was on a table on the lawn at Ascot, guarded by a policeman and a representative of the makers.

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p. 868-869 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Nothing is unique

After commenting on black rains in Ireland in 1849, 1887, 1898 and 1907, Fort writes:

“Our Intermediatist principle of pseudo-logic, or our principle of Continuity is, of course, that nothing is unique, or individual: that all phenomena merge away into all other phenomena: that, for instance–suppose there should be vast celestial super-oceanic, or inter-planetary vessels that come near this earth and discharge volumes of smoke at times. We’re only supposing such a thing as that now, because, conventionally, we are beginning modestly and tentatively. But if it were so, there would necessarily be some phenomenon upon this earth, with which that phenomenon would merge. Extra-mundane smoke and smoke from cities merge, or both would manifest in black precipitations in rain.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp27-28 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).