On March 3, 1876, a rainstorm at Olympian Springs, Kentucky, brought a substance that oddly resembled human flesh. The New York Times broke in a story that meat began to fall from the sky close to the residence of Allen Crouch, “covering a strip of ground about one hundred yards in length and fifty wides.”
Mrs. Crouch, who was making soap in the backyard then, said that it fell like snow, with the primary difference being that she thought it looked like meat. The next day, one Harrison Gill went to the location and found pieces of what seemed to be fresh flesh scattered all over the ground and attached to the fences. Some of the portions were as large as two inches square.
At this point, you might be looking to take notice of the fact that this appears quite improbable. For example, although many words in our language describe different types of meteorological occurrences, none of them refers to it as “absolutely beefing it down out there.”
On the other hand, the New York Times expressed that the credibility of the witnesses to the occurrence was beyond reproach. It turned out that they were also hungry boys.
After sampling the meat, two “gentlemen” – an ambiguous phrase considering that they were going to gorge themselves on some floor beef – expressed “the opinion that it was either mutton or venison.”
If you were forced to guess what caused the occurrence, it might not be a terrible idea to say that it had been picked up by weather, such as a weak tornado. On the other hand, the day in question was reported to have a cloudless sky. So, what exactly transpired?
After picking the flesh up off the floor, biting on it, and saying that it “tastes a bit muttony,” the meat was sent off for an analysis that involved a little bit more. Dr. A. Mead Edwards examined the specimen and determined it was either lung tissue from a horse or flesh from a human newborn.
These statements are guaranteed to induce a great deal of nausea in many of the guys living in Kentucky. After examining the sample, several people concluded that the meat most likely contained lung tissue, in addition to cartilage and muscle tissue, even though they could not identify the substance with absolute certainty.
When given the opportunity, vultures are notorious for feasting voraciously on any meat they may find. Their wings are not strong enough to support all of that weight, which is unfortunate.
They tend to throw up under pressure, such as when another bird disrupts their flight or another predator attacks them on the ground. This behavior may attempt to reduce the amount of food they carry. The hypothesis that this took place on March 3, 1876, has the highest probability of being correct.
Although it is disgusting, in defense of vultures, you are not needed to gather the vomit, fry it up, eat it, and then argue about what kind of meat the vomit most closely resembles in flavor.
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