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.
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.