The data are protrusions from burials

Fort relates the story of a phenomena reported in the Port of Spain (Trinidad) Mirror and Port of Spain Gazette that began Nov. 12, 1905 in Mrs. Lorelhei’s boarding house, Queen Street, Port of Spain. A house was pelted with stones, and stones fell inside the house as well. “Objects were thrown about. Chairs fell over, got up, and whirled. Out of a basket of potatoes, flew the potatoes. Stones fell from unseen points of origin, in rooms. A doctor was quoted as saying that he had seen some of these doings. He had been visiting a girl, who, in this house, was ill.”

–Charles Fort, Wild Talents, p936 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Science is established preposterousness

On August 28, 1883, the volcano of Krakatoa exploded. The atmospheric effects continued for seven years. “Except that,” Fort tells us, “in the seven, there was a lapse of several years–and where was the volcanic dust all that time?”

Fort poses the rhetorical question, “How can you prove that something is not something else, when neither is something else some other thing?”

He goes on to say that “you can oppose an absurdity only with some other absurdity. But Science is established preposterousness. We divide all intellection: the obviously preposterousness and the established.”

Fort points out references in Annual Register, 1883-105, and Knowledge, 5-418, that the atmospheric effects attributed to Krakatoa were seen in Trinidad and Natal before the eruption occurred.

[Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned. From The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974.]