At this time of year, UK motorists battle their way through wind, rain and snow. It is not often that they would encounter a downpour of … apples!
Mystified residents encountered exactly this in Coventry on Monday night.
Bemused motorists were forced to take evasive action when an avalanche of apples descended from the sky just after the rush-hour.
The bizarre incident is thought to have been caused by freak weather conditions leading to a sudden vortex of wind pressure.
The current of air could have lifted the fallen fruit in Coventry from a garden or orchard and released it over the Coundon area of the city.
Another theory is that the apples could have fallen from a plane flying overhead.
One motorist, who was travelling with her husband at about 6.45pm, said it was lucky the downpour hadn’t sparked a pile-up.
She said: “The apples fell out of the sky as if out of nowhere.
‘They were small and green and hit the bonnet hard.
‘There were other cars on the road at the time too and everyone had to stop their cars suddenly.
‘It wouldn’t surprise me if some cars were damaged.’ She said they were both so astonished, they drove back to the site to confirm what they had seen.
‘When we went back the apples were still there,’ she added.
‘They were squashed where they’d been run over.
‘I know the area well and there are no apple trees around.’ Yesterday, a 20-yard stretch of the road was strewn with crushed apples made mushy by the rain.
Many had smashed as though they had fallen from a great height.
Baffled resident Dave Meakins opened the front door yesterday morning to find a number of smashed apples in his front garden.
The 63-year-old retired fork lift truck driver cleared the mess, initially believing it was down to misbehaving children until he looked across the road to see more apple debris and realised the scale of the phenomenon.
‘I honestly don’t know where the apples could have come from,’ said Dave.
‘I assumed kids must have thrown them because we do get the occasional egg and apple thrown but there’s way too much for that.
‘I would love to know where they came from.’ He and other neighbours are keen to get to core of the issue.
One theory is freak weather conditions may have caused a vortex of water pressure, which is when wind and rain form a powerful vacuum that can lift items and dump them up to 100 miles away. Some also believe the apples fell from a plane.
Today the Met Office said it was possible the apples had been scooped up by a tornado.
He said: ‘It’s hypothetically possible that a tornado could have picked them up and that they were transported in turbulent air until they fell.’
An unidentified man sustained serious injuries after suddenly catching fire in Gothenburg on Sunday evening, leaving police flummoxed as to who he is and what really happened.
”All we know is that it’s a man. We have no knowledge of his identity, nor of his age or any motive or even the circumstances of the incident,” said police officer Åsa Andersson to local paper Göteborgs-Posten (GP)
According to eye witness accounts, the man was standing outside a record shop at the central train station around 10.30pm, when he suddenly caught on fire.
”He just stood there burning outside the shop. After a while he started screaming. There were a few people about but they just watched him. I ran up to him, tore my coat off and managed to put the fire out together with another guy,” a tram driver who had been returning from break, told the paper.
The emergency services arrived within minutes, taking the by then seriously injured man to Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska hospital, where he was sedated.
The police have been at the hospital to try to piece together what happened, but the patient hasn’t been in a condition to be questioned about the incident.
”He is sedated and will probably remain under for another couple of weeks, ” said Andersson to daily Expressen.
According to the tram driver the man had said that he was 42-years-old, before he became to badly burnt to speak.
At this stage of the investigation, police don’t suspecting that foul play lay behind the incident.
A seven-year-old girl who weeps stones is baffling doctors who are unable to say what is causing the phenomenon.
Tamil Nesan reported that stones had been discharging from Kura Nitya’s right eye for the past 15 days.
Nitya, from a village near Hyderabad, has been weeping about 12 to 25 stones a day.
Her parents have approached several ophthalmologists who were unable to diagnose what was causing the problem.
According to her grandfather Gopal Reddy, the stones began popping out on Oct 26.
‘Initially, we thought it was some divine power and prayed to God for this phenomenon to stop,’ he said, adding that they were keeping the stones for medical tests, if required.
Nitya said the lower portion of her right eye swelled minutes before the stones painlessly popped out.
Ophthalmologist Dr Kalyan Chakaravarthy said Nitya was medically fit and there was no logical reason for the phenomenon.
The controversial signal received from interstellar space in 1977 remains a puzzle and as yet, defies a natural explanation, an expert has said.
Researchers working at the Big Ear radio observatory at Ohio State University in 1977 discovered a record of a signal received from deep space.
“It’s called the ‘Wow’ signal because it wasn’t heard or picked up at the time. It was in the computer record which in those days was printed out on sheets of paper,” Professor Paul Davies told News24.
Davies is the chair of the Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence): Post-Detection Science and Technology Taskgroup of the International Academy of Astronautics and a professor at Arizona State University.
“It was a rather long pulse; it wasn’t a blip. It’s never been satisfactorily explained as a natural phenomenon,” he said.
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