The Kentucky Phenomenon

On March 3, 1876, flakes of “a substance that looked like beef” fell from a clear sky at Olympian Springs, Bath County, Kentucky, over an area about 100 yards long and about 50 yards wide. It was recounted in Scientific American, 34-197 and the New York Times, March 10, 1876. The flakes were of various sizes, from 1 to 4 inches square.

In Scientific American Supplement, 2-426, Leopold Brandeis declared that he had examined the subtance and found it to be “flesh-colored nostoc.” A Prof. Smith in the New York Times, March 12, 1876, said it was the dried spawn of the frog.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp. 44-46 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

An object like a man

September 1880: Reports of an unknown object traveling in the sky, seen in various places, especially St. Louis and Louisville. Reports appeared through July and August of that year in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The object was seen in Louisville on July 28 in the evening between 6 and 7, described as ‘an object like a man, surrounded by machinery, which he seemed to be working with his hands and feet.’ It moved in various directions and seemed to be under control, disappearing when darkness came. Something had also been seen in Madisonville, Kentucky, described as ‘something with a ball at each end’ and as having ‘appeared in a circular form, and then changed to an oval.’

–Charles Fort, Lo!, pp640-641 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).