More than a thousand blackbirds, grackles and starlings fell from the sky on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas. So far, there has been no official explanation for the avian precipitation, but we thought we'd look to other unexpected things falling from the sky for some context.
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10. Spiders in Argentina Hikers on the San Bernardo Peak in Argentina were caught in a spider-storm on April 6, 2007. And, of course, they had to be enormous, menacing-looking spiders.
9. Locusts in Egypt The bugs continue to fall. From Exodus 10:3-6: "I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow. They will cover the face of the ground so that it cannot be seen. They will devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields. They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians -- something neither your fathers nor your forefathers have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now." Do you know how many locusts it takes to eat a tree? A shitload, that's how many.
8. The Sky Seriously, how many fables involve lessons about overreacting? At least... two. But still: Are you pretty sure the apocalypse is coming, little Timmy? Better shut your mouth, or Foxy Loxy will eat you and all of your friends.
7. Star Jelly in Scotland Best guess on this 2009 glop found in Scotland is that it's some kind of bird vomit or fungus. Delicious. 6. Cats and Dogs Maybe our favorite idiom because it is so spectacularly illogical. Try and imagine that you are learning English as a second language and someone tells you that we've got this saying equating house pets and heavy rain. Ridiculous.
5. Frogs in Magnolia It's a metaphor, we think. We told our friends it was, like, top five best movies we'd ever seen, but actually we fell asleep sometime in the second hour. But yeah: frogs rain down and it's a real problem for traffic. Makes sense.
4. Red rain in India We can think of few things more horror-movie awful than red rain coming down from the sky. But it happens from time to time in Kerala, India because of a local airborne algae. Popular conspiracy theories about this have more colorful explanations ranging from aliens to (naturally) wrath of God.
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3. Fish from the heavens There are a number of reported cases of fish falling from the sky. Besides frogs, no other animal is reported falling from the sky as often as fish. Tornadoes hitting ponds has been one explanation, as has a certain breed of wandering catfish tricking people's imaginations.
2. Cows on a Japanese fishing boat In 1997, a Japanese fishing boat was destroyed by cows falling from the sky. The crew was rescued but then arrested for insurance fraud because, you know, their explanation seemed offensively ridiculous. But: turns out a Russian cargo plane had a bunch of cows go insane and decided to just open the doors and drop them into the ocean. Gotta do what you gotta do, we guess.