Sometimes animals you see every day and regard as ordinary
On April 19, the people of Southern Norway got a strange addition to their normal spring showers – a fall of thousands of earthworms. Of course, this isn’t the first time animals have rained down:
It’s also not the first reported fall of earthworms. It also happened back in 2007 in Louisiana, where Eleanor Beal from Jennings County saw something things fall from the sky in clumps. It wasn’t until they started wriggling that she realized they were worms.
In 2009, hundreds of dead tadpoles fell over various parts of central Japan. Speculation was wide on the cause, since the normal explanation for a rain of animals has to do with high winds or waterspouts. However, local Japanese meteorologists were unconvinced, and told local news outlets that there weren’t any high winds around the same time. The other explanation offered is that the tadpoles were carried by flocks of birds and dropped (a theory that is also contested).
Fish falling from the sky is a bit of an old story. There is an engraving of fish falling from the sky from 1555, and there is a phenomenon called the Lluvia de Peces (or Rain of Fish) in Yoro, Honduras, that allegedly occurs every year. They even hold a festival with a parade and carnival.
One especially odd rain of animals happened in 1894 in Bath, England, where thousands of tiny jellyfish (described as the “size of a shilling”) fell from the sky. This event is actually under some debate. A source describing the event from 25 years later said that the writer thought that, rather than jellyfish, it may have been frog eggs or some kind of larva.
This item on the list would also be at the top of a list titled “Top reasons to never ever go outside again.” This particular phenomenon was caught on film from Brazil. Thankfully, this isn’t like spiders literally raining from the sky – the spiders are an extremely social species that live in large colonies and spin huge webs, which can look like the arachnids are gently drifting down on the unsuspecting populace.