What Falls From The Sky

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/11/2009 13:00
  • Ended: 8/14/2009 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 23
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
What Falls From The Sky
Contest Directions: Tuesday night and Wednesday morning North America will see the Perseid meteor shower, which will be a spectacular show especially loved by astronomy enthusiasts. In the peak of the meteor shower, observers will be able to see up to 500 fireballs per hour. Meteors are not the only thing falling from the sky on our heads. There are numerous records of strange things that fell from the sky - ranging from frogs and fish to stones and even candies and meat.
Let's see if we can create more legends/stories of what could be falling from the skies - photoshop anything falling from the sky - people, animals, household items, etc. And here's some inspiration music for this contest.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/11/2009 13:00
    • Ended: 8/14/2009 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 23
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
23 pictures
  • Aliens In Spaceships Coming to City

    Aliens In Spaceships Coming to City
  • Raining Knives

    Raining Knives
  • Statue of Liberty With Umbrella

    Statue of Liberty With Umbrella
  • Plane Dropping Tetris Blocks

    Plane Dropping Tetris Blocks
  • Taps in the Sky Filling Ocean

    Taps in the Sky Filling Ocean
  • Frogs Falling From the Sky

    Frogs Falling From the Sky
  • Random Items Falling from the Sky

    Random Items Falling from the Sky
  • Man Falling from Heaven

    Man Falling from Heaven
  • Man Falling From Building

    Man Falling From Building
  • Anvil Falling From Sky Onto Hockey Player

    Anvil Falling From Sky Onto Hockey Player
23 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Raining animals is a relatively rare meteorological phenomenon, which is noticed in many countries at different times. According to one of the hypothesis, which tries to explain this phenomenon, powerful winds collect animals from the Earth's surface or from water, for example, fishes or frogs, and take them several kilometers. However, this has never been seen and was not scientifically proven. Most often, such rain comprises of fish or frogs though the raining of birds was also described. In some cases, the rain attains such a strength that the animals fall onto the ground in the form of fragments. Sometimes, animals (mostly fishes but some sources indicate the cases with frogs) survive the fall, forcing us to assume that the time between the "rise" and "fall" of the animal was very short. In some cases, animals fall frosted or frozen in ice pieces, thus indicating that the height of the "flight" was very high and they happened to be in the clouds, where the atmospheric temperature was below 0C. The majority of such rains were witnessed after storms, most often - after a tornado. However, numerous instances were described, when the raining of animals occurred during calm weather and in the absence of strong winds. Evidence and legends: Ancient world: Ancient literature often refers to the evidence of raining animals. Evidence dates back to Ancient Egypt: According to the lost papyrus of Alberto Tulli, the existence of which was challenged, strange phenomena were observed, especially the falling of birds and fishes from the sky. It is narrated in the Bible how Joshua and his army were saved due to stone rain on the amorityan army. The miracle of frogs falling from the sky is mentioned as one of the ten plagues of Egypt in the Bible (Exodus 8: 5.6). In IV BC, the Greek writer Athenaeus refers to a rain of fish in Chaeronea (Peloponnese), which lasted for three days. In the 1st century, Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer, wrote about the rain of bodies, hair, blood and other parts of animals. This phenomenon occurred so often in some countries that in Middle Ages, some residents of these countries started assuming that fish are born adults in heaven and then fall into the sea. Modern times: Much evidence of the given phenomenon are known thanks to publications in the press, which can be considered to be sufficiently reliable because there were numerous and independent witnesses of each other. * In 1578, large yellow mice fell on the Norwegian city of Bergen. According to John Kollintzes, rain of toads struck EKL, an English village in Norfolk. The owner of the tavern the place, where the phenomenon occurred - was forced to collect hundreds of toads to get rid of them; * February 16, 1861 - Singapore was jolted by an earthquake followed by three days of torrential rains. After the end of the rains, residents of Singapore found thousands of fish lying in puddles. Natives claimed that they have seen how the fish rained from the sky; * On January 15, 1877, the Journal "Scientific American" registered a downpour of snakes, which were almost 18 inches long (about 45 cm) in Memphis. More than fifteen rains of animals in the 19th century were recorded in the USA; * A rain of quails over Valencia (Spain) was recorded in June 1880; * On September 7, 1953, thousands of frogs fell from the sky on Leicester, Massachusetts, USA; * In 1968, Brazilian newspapers wrote about the rain of meat and blood over a large territory; * In January 1969, dead canary birds rained in St. Mary in Maryland (USA).According to the "Washington Post" the newspaper's edition of January 26 of the same year, the falling of canary birds was caused by their sudden death while flying as if an explosion took place, about which no one had heard or seen; * A rain of shrimps occurred in 1978 in New South Wales, Australia; * In 2002, a rain of fishes was recorded in the Corona village (Greece); * In 2007, a rain of spiders was recorded in Salta province (Argentina); * In 2007, a rain of frogs took place in El Rebolledo (province of Alicante, Spain); * In the beginning of January 2011, Sweden witnessed rain of several hundred birds, mostly crows and jackdaws, from the sky. And around the same time, in Arkansas, the United States experienced a heavy downpour coupled with the raining of several thousands blackbirds; * In the beginning of January 2012, tens of thousands of dead herrings were found on the beach of Nordreisa, Norway. However, further events became even more mysterious: by the time local authorities could come up with a solution to clean up the beach, all the herrings disappeared. Scientists could not find an explanation for this phenomenon. This list is far from complete and only shows examples of events, associated with this phenomenon. Explanations for phenomenon: Ancient explanations: Long ago, science has rejected many explanations, which were offered for justifying the phenomenon, because they were found to be exaggerated, unreliable or unverifiable. Thus, the raining of animals was left without scientific explanation for a long period, which gave rise to the most absurd theories. In the IV BC, the Greek philosopher Theophrastus denied the existence of raining of toads, explaining that toads did not fall while raining but the rains forced them to come out of the ground. In the XVI century, Reginald Scott proposed the spontaneous generation hypothesis. According to the hypothesis, he was "sure that some creatures are created spontaneously and they do not need parents. For example, frogs, which appeared from nowhere. They were transported by rain. These creatures are born from the rains".