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Pat Shingleton: "An Oddity for Cinco de Mayo"

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago May 05, 2015 May 5, 2015 Tuesday, May 05 2015 May 05, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

On May 5, 1786, Haiti experienced a six-month drought. In the seventh month, strong easterly winds assisted in activating needed showers and thunderstorms. In addition to the falling rain a large quantity of black eggs showered-down on Port-Au-Prince. The following day the eggs hatched with tadpole-like creatures emerging from their shells. This process continued with repeated episodes of "skin-shedding."  More than 100 years later, English naturalist Phillip Henry Gosse visited the island and experienced a rhapsody of croaking from the marshes adjacent to the city. Islanders shared with Gosse the story of the raining eggs and the seasonal tradition that "May-Frogs" had arrived, falling from the sky. In 1887 in County Durham, northeast England, Edward Cook took shelter with his horse under the gables of a cottage while thumbnail-sized frogs rained down.

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