126: Mystery from the Sky: The Kentucky Meat Shower

Hometown History

Jan 29 2024 • 23 mins

Imagine a quiet afternoon turning bizarre as chunks of meat rain down from the blue sky. On March 3, 1876, the residents of Bath County, Kentucky, experienced just that, in an event that would come to be known as the Kentucky Meat Shower. Today on Hometown History, we'll sift through this peculiar precipitation to uncover the truths behind what is, perhaps, one of the strangest meteorological phenomena ever recorded.

What was this meat? Where did it come from? Scientific speculation and folklore collide as we discuss theories that range from the plausible to the peculiar, including tornados carrying debris, to explosive vultures, and grisly pranks that went down in history. Through eyewitness accounts and modern analysis, we trace the journey of these meaty morsels as we attempt to piece together a narrative as perplexing as the event itself. This story is a testament to the oddities that history often holds and the lengths to which we go to make sense of the seemingly insensible.

Time travel with us on ⁠Hometown History⁠.



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