Rain. Snow. Sleet. These are some of the things that you’d normally expect to fall from the sky. But after last week’s meteorite crash in Russia, we started looking into some of the other outlandish things that have reportedly fallen from the skies.
How about things like spiders? Frogs? And blood?! Here’s a look at some of these rather bizarre meteorological anomalies.
Imagine driving in your car and suddenly thousands of spiders come raining from the sky. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Erick Reis, a 20-year-old web designer from Santo Antonio da Platina, a town about 250 miles west of Sao Paulo.
Reis, who was the videographer for his friend’s wedding, had the wherewithal to pull out his video camera and tape the spider torrential which he then posted on YouTube which then became quite the video sensation.
And while spider rain sounds like something out of a Hitchcock movie, it’s a phenomenon that’s actually not out of the ordinary.
According to biologist Marta Fischer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, the Anelosimus eximius spider, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, usually hangs out in trees and can create webs up to 65 feet high which are used to trap insects.
If a strong wind should come along however, the web can become detached sending the spiders aloft which would appear as if they’re raining from the skies which is exactly what Reis was probably witnessing that fateful day.