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Legends revisited - the day it rained blood

By T.K. Randall
October 11, 2013 · Comment icon 14 comments

Did blood really rain from the sky over Chatham County ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 OliBac / Flickr
Fortean events involving strange things raining down from the skies have been reported for centuries.
In 1884 on a day with clear skies over rural Chatham County, sharecropper Bass Lasater witnessed a deluge unlike anything she'd ever seen. Drops of liquid started to fall from the sky that, far from being the usual cool raindrops that typically water her crops, took the form of large spots of blood that doused an area of approximately one tenth of an acre in a strange red sheen.

Word of the event very quickly spread across the county and gained widespread attention after being published in local newspapers. Upon hearing about the incident, chemist Professor Francis P. Venable decided to conduct his own investigation and headed out to take a closer look.
Venable took samples of the red substance from areas where it had dried in to the sand and took it away for analysis. Examining the samples with a microscope and spectroscope he concluded that the substance was indeed blood, but that he could not explain how it had come to be there.

"As to theories accounting for so singular a material falling from a cloudless sky, I have no plausible ones to offer," he wrote. "I have deemed this strange matter worthy of being placed on record."

Source: Charlotte Observer | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by Stegosaurus 11 years ago
Bizarre...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lesionia 11 years ago
no it was blood, it was tested. and no blood can not evaporate only water from the blood.
Comment icon #7 Posted by BettyTheYeti 11 years ago
no it was blood, it was tested. and no blood can not evaporate only water from the blood. Where was it tested, in 1884? It is more likely that the "rain" was just a story, made up to cover something more sinister!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lava_Lady 11 years ago
I love these types of mysteries... still happening. What I find bizarre is a reference to Squirrel Nut Zippers, "As far as I can tell, nobody knows more about this curious event than Tom Maxwell, the guitarist and songwriter most of you know from his days with the Squirrel Nut Zippers." I just saw a picture with the very same sequence of words yesterday but in totally different context.... I don't expect to see those three words together, used in any other context ever again. Now that is weird.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 11 years ago
I believe many of these blood rains have been explained as either algae related or suspended dust particles, e.g. 2007 Siberian orange snow. If this were actually blood over this large an area, there would be a very distinct odor associated with it after the event. And, we don't know the sampling process used by the chemist other than it occurring sometime after the event. If this were a random sample, then I might argue the sample examined might be from an entirely different incident given the rural area.
Comment icon #10 Posted by sam_comm 11 years ago
One has to read Charles Fort The Book Of The Damned or Wild Talents. All sort of weird things in the end of the 19th century early 20th like this are told with delight by Fort and the sources provided. While some of them have found more credible scientific explanations other such as blood rains and ghost crafts for exemple are still complete mysteries.
Comment icon #11 Posted by bassai26 11 years ago
this is in fact remains a mystery but facts and history itself can be altered.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ~C.S.M~ 11 years ago
It happens still today. Few years ago in India or Sri Lanka. But the analysis show it was a form of Algae. Not blood. If it was blood people could smell it.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Babe Ruth 11 years ago
I believe many of these blood rains have been explained as either algae related or suspended dust particles, e.g. 2007 Siberian orange snow. If this were actually blood over this large an area, there would be a very distinct odor associated with it after the event. And, we don't know the sampling process used by the chemist other than it occurring sometime after the event. If this were a random sample, then I might argue the sample examined might be from an entirely different incident given the rural area. There was a very good piece about this on I think History Channel, maybe NatGeo, as it h... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by wkwilliam123 11 years ago
There was a very good piece about this on I think History Channel, maybe NatGeo, as it happened in Malaysia or Indonesia. It wasn't really blood, but it was living matter. Yes, rather strange. Yes it happened in Indonesia once if im not wrong, and it is 1 of the world's mysteries. But i dont think it is really blood...


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