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FISH FALL IN OROVILLE

Just be­fore noon on 16 May, Stan­ford Av­enue Ele­men­tary School in Oroville, Cal­i­for­nia, was sud­denly cov­ered in dead fish – all over the play­ground, in drink­ing foun­tains, even on the roof. The Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife be­lieved the fish was a kind of carp not found in the nearby Feather River. No­body ac­tu­ally saw the fish fall­ing out of the sky. Back in 2005, a Fol­som cou­ple found sev­eral fish on the roof and bal­cony of their two-storey home. CBS13 (Sacramento, CA), 19 May 2017.

BLOODY TEARS

Hun­dreds of peo­ple flocked to Ar­gentina’s Salta prov­ince to wit­ness a statue of the Vir­gin Mary that its owner claimed had wept tears of blood. Priest Julio Rail Mendez cau­tioned against ac­cept­ing it as a mir­a­cle, say­ing that the statue should be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated. dai­lyrecord.co.uk, 17 April 2017.

JOKE’S A CRACKER

One morn­ing in 2012, Monique Jef­frey, 28, of Rose Bay, Aus­tralia, was in bed check­ing her emails. She sneezed and her head sud­denly jolted for­ward, caus­ing two ver­te­bræ in her neck to col­lapse. She had bro­ken her neck in what ex­perts called a “freak ac­ci­dent”, and the chances of it hap­pen­ing twice to the same per­son were ap­par­ently “slim to none”. But five years later it hap­pened again, this time while she was laugh­ing with some col­leagues at work. odd­i­ty­cen­tral.com, 19 May; Metro, 2 June 2017.

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