I just found this rather disturbing news report. Jeddah is a city on the coast of the Red Sea and is one of the a major urban areas of Saudi Arabia. It is hard to imagine a similar thing happening in a city near you.
Human body parts fall from sky in Jeddah
Agence France Presse | Sunday 5 January 2014
JEDDAH: Human body parts fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah Sunday, with police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an airplane’s wheel bay.
“Police received a telephone call at 2:30 a.m. from a witness reporting the fall of human remains at an intersection in Mushrefa neighborhood” in Jeddah, spokesman Nawaf bin Naser Al-Bouq said in a statement.
As a feature to a massive party held at Kelly’s Irish Pub in Davenport, patrons saw something green falling from the sky on Saturday.
Skydiving Leprechauns landed at the pub to join the festivities on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The jumpers were from Q.C. Skydiving and those leprechauns have been falling from the sky for about a decade.
Slow and steady wins the race Makenzie. You can do it! Heck you already survived falling 3,500 feet.
Survivor: Makenzie Wethington poses before her fall. Image Fox4News
Before her accident. Image twitter.
Makenzie Wethington during a physical therapy session on Feb. 3. Wethington was admitted to Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas on Jan. 31 with injuries from a skydiving accident. Image Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation/Baylor Health Care System
Greatest challenge for teen who survived skydiving accident may be rehab
by JANET ST. JAMES | WFAA | February 3, 2014
DALLAS –– Pictures captured Makenzie Wethington’s face lighting up after walking across a room for the first time since she survived plunging more than 3,000 feet to the ground during a skydiving accident.
“The doctor at OU said that they didn’t expect her to come out of that at all,” said her father Joe Wethington. His daughter originally received care in Oklahoma, near where the accident occurred. “And now she’s walking across the room.”
“The injuries she’s had and the way that she’s recovered,” said spinal cord specialist Dr. Seema Sikka. “I still think it’s incredible.”
Sikka, along with a team of specialists at the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation in Dallas, are overseeing Wethington’s care now. The 16-year old was critically injured when her parachute failed to open properly during a skydiving venture in Oklahoma. Her father watched from the ground.
“I just kept saying, ‘please don’t be Makenzie. Please don’t be Makenzie,’” said Joe. “And when I got over, it was her.”
This is a very mysterious one. It does seem unlikely an aircraft would have lead components. The other possible source I’ve seen says it was a tooth from a wood chipper. Since lead is a very soft metal it seems unlikely to be used to chip wood, but what do I know about wood chipper mechanics.
Image from Seattle Police Department.
Image from Seattle Police Department.
Image from Seattle Police Department.
Image from Seattle Police Department.
Mysterious metal bar falls from the sky, crashes into Seattle home
By KOMO Staff Published: Jun 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM MDT
SEATTLE — A South Park family got an unwelcome surprise on Sunday when a metal bar mysteriously fell from the sky and crashed into their home.
The family called police on Tuesday to report the oddity, and when police arrived at their South Director Street home they found a three-pound bar and an eight-inch by six-inch hole in the roof and ceiling.
Perhaps one of the best falls a child has ever made, great height, 2 somersaults, landing on his feet, unhurt, and he was wearing a Superman shirt.
Dylan Hayes was hospitalized for 20 hours, but left with barely a scratch. PHOTO: KCNC
Toddler Survives Three-Story Fall, Lands On Feet
8:47 AM, Mar 4, 2013 |http://www.wusa9.com
AURORA,COLORADO (CBS/KCNC) — A four-year-old boy from Colorado survived a three-story fall, miraculously landing on his feet.
The third-story window where Dylan fell from
Dylan Hayes fell out the window of his Aurora apartment while his mother was shampooing her carpets, CBS Denver affiliate KCNC reports. She had moved her couch to the wall when Dylan climbed on it to talk through the windows to the downstairs neighbors.
“I fall … really, really far,” Dylan told CBS reporter Evrod Cassimy.
When Hollywood cranks out dismal and dumb plots it is such as shame. All they have to do is read some history to find out that magical and wondrous things truly do exist. Analysis reveals it is from the Chinga meteorite, as “it is the rarest type of meteorites you can find.”
The statue itself measures about 24 centimetres (9.4 in) and weighs 10 kilograms (22 lb).
The undated photo provided by University of Stuttgart shows an ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II. The statue was carved from a meteorite which crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science this month. Elmar Buchner of the University of Stuttgart, said Thursday Sept 27 2012 that the statue was brought to Germany by the Schaefer expedition. The Nazi-backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race _ a cornerstone of the Nazis’ racist ideology. The existence of the statue _ known as “iron man” _ was only revealed in 2007 when its owner died and it came up for auction, Buchner told The Associated Press. Image AP Photo/University of Stuttgart, Elmar Buchner
Ancient statue discovered by Nazis is made from meteorite
By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service | 27 September 2012
An ancient statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite.
Researchers say the 1,000-year-old object with a swastika on its stomach is made from a rare form of iron with a high content of nickel.
They believe it is part of the Chinga meteorite, which crashed about 15,000 years ago.
The 24cm (9-inch) tall statue is 10kg (22lb) and is called the Iron Man.
The story of this priceless object owes more perhaps to an Indiana Jones film script than sober scientific research.
It was discovered in Tibet in 1938 by German scientist Ernst Schafer. His expedition was supported by the Nazis, in particular by Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS. Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and was keen to recover objects from the area.
Apparently airdropping rabies vaccine is a common and established practice but it is new and startling idea to me. Personally, I like the idea of vaccines and the theory of herd immunity makes sense to me. Before vaccinations communicable illnesses would literally decimate civilizations. However, others disagree and attribute everything from autism to diseases being created to line corporate pockets.
Bottom line, if you had pets and lived near these areas would you rather Fido ate yummy fish flavored rabies vaccine they found on the ground or your face?
The DSHS Prepares for Aerial Rabies Vaccination Drop 01/02/12
News Staff | January 2, 2012 | www.cbs7kosa.com
The Texas Department of State Health Services will make its annual rabies vaccine airdrop this week.
Planes will take off from the Alpine- Casparis Municipal Airport around dawn on Wednesday, January 4, to drop approximately 1.8 million doses of the rabies vaccine in West Texas, as part of the DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program.
Counties in the vaccination drop area include: Brewster, Crockett, Culberson, Edwards, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell and Val Verde.
At first glance these appear rather man made, perhaps even for use in some sort of pellet gun. However, the quantities reported to have fell make it unlikely there was some twerp shooting a toy gun at them. Hmm, or maybe not.
Dylis Scott said the balls started “shooting” at her. Image BBC
Leicester couple pelted by raining yellow plastic balls
bbc | 21 August 2012
A husband and wife have been left puzzled after hundreds of tiny yellow plastic balls rained in their garden.
Dylis Scott and her husband Tony were in their garage on Monica Road, Leicester, on Sunday when the balls fell from the sky during a storm.
Mrs Scott said they started hitting the car and garage door and “shooting at me”.
The Met Office said it was possible for weather systems to lift things such as dust and deposit them many miles away.
In January it was reported that 3cm diameter blue balls came raining down during a hailstorm in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Theories on what the balls could have been included crystals used in floral displays or ammunition for a toy gun.
Today’s fact is apparently cats falling from heights greater than 9 stories have an increased chance of survival. Sugar suffered only minor bruising to her lungs from her 19 story fall.
Here’s another fact, Sugar, like most pure white cats is deaf.
Sugar, the deaf white cat, who fell 19 stories out of a high rise and only suffered minor bruising to her lungs. Image CNN
A â€˜purrfectâ€™ landing for Boston cat — unscathed after 19-story high-rise fall
By Alli Knothe, Globe CorrespondentÂ |Â http://www.boston.comÂ | Â 03/22/2012 12:44 PM
A Boston cat made a â€œpurrfectâ€ landing — on her feet, of course — emerging mostly unscathed after falling 19 stories from her ownerâ€™s high-rise apartment.
A woman on the second floor of the building at 10 Emerson Place in the West End saw something fall past her window Wednesday afternoon and ran to see what it was, said Brian Oâ€™Connor, rescue services manager for the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Looking down, the woman saw a white cat directly below. The cat, named Sugar, had landed on a soft patch of grass and mulch and appeared to be fine.
Birds falling dead from the sky often has many explanations like lightning, fireworks causing panic, or alien death rays as suggested by the venerable Weekly World News. Whatever the cause it can NOT be a good thing.
Click images to embiggen.Â Images Brad Bell and Weekly World News
Image Brad Bell.
This video is great, worth watching, no ads and full of local commentary.
Hundreds of dead birds on I-95 in Laurel
By Brad Bell, Jason Cherkis, Stephen Tschida | February 15, 2012 | www.wjla.com
Hundreds of birds just dropped from the sky and landed onto I-95 Wednesday, bringing afternoon rush hour traffic to a crawl.
They were common Starlings, and while there were a few in the grass and on the shoulders of the highway, the vast majority landed right on the northbound travel lanes in Laurel.
â€œWe were just kind of curious about running them over and getting them stuck in your tires and all that nastiness,â€ says Tammy Johnson.
Red rains are more common and easy to attribute to red desert sands being carried aloft then coming down with rain miles away from the desert. However, what could cause blue jelly like spheres? Florist supplies? Toys? Recently it was shown that hailstones form around airborne bacteria. Could these be masses of bacteria? Like many mysterious falls, this may remain a mystery.
The blue spheres are jelly-like but have no smell and are not sticky. Image BBC
Steve Hornsby and one of the spheres that fell in his yard during a storm. Image Inquisitr.
Florists use water-absorbent balls in their displays. Image BBC
The manufacturer of the toy gun range said the balls were not its products. Image BBC
Blue balls theories rage after Dorset storm mystery
30 January 2012 | bbc.uk
A number of theories have been put forward to explain the presence of blue jelly spheres found in a Dorset garden.
Steve Hornsby from Bournemouth reported the 3cm diameter balls came raining down last Thursday during a hailstorm.
Theories include the balls being crystals used in floral displays or ammunition for a toy gun.
But Mr Hornsby remains unconvinced and believes they were formed in the atmosphere. Bournemouth University is to analyse the balls.
He found about 20 balls made of a jelly-like substance which the Met Office has said was “not meteorological”.
A number of people who contacted the BBC after the story was published on Friday believed the balls were sodium polyacrylate crystals.
They can absorb hundreds of times their mass in water and are used in floral displays.
Mel Smith, from Ena’s Florists in Bournemouth, said the balls look extremely similar to the type she uses and have the consistence of firm jelly when broken into.