Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mississippi Trivia

59. On May 11, 1887, a most unexpected object fell from the sky during a severe hail storm near Bovina. The unusual object proved to be a 6-inch by 8-inch gopher turtle completely encased in ice.

Source: visitmississippi.org

8 comments:

dhcoop said...

Now THIS is a piece of trivia!! Wonder how in the world that happened??

Marshall Ramsey said...

My guess -- Tornado sucked the little bugger up and then he took the final ride in the ice.

Jennifer said...

huh?

Marshall Ramsey said...

Tornado sucks turtle in the air. He gets caught up in the circular air currents. He goes up and down, adding layers of ice until he gets too heavy and falls to the ground. That is how hail is formed. He became the mother of all hailstones.

Forcedtoretirelegaleagle said...

Poor little fellow. I had a pet turtle named Toddly Woddly when I was a child and we went to California and lived for nearly a year when my dad's Marine Corps reserve unit was called up for the Korean War. Jackson was hit with the worst ice storm in history and when we got back home, I found Toddly Woddly's empty shell in the flower bed. Talk about childhood trauma!

Marshall Ramsey said...

I had a turtle named Yoda when I was a kid. My dog ate Yoda. I have never had a turtle since.

Forcedtoretirelegaleagle said...

Neither have I.

dhcoop said...

The tornado theory works for me.