On This Day in Weird, June 15...
1608: While searching for a northern passage to the East Indies, Henry Hudson reports that two members of his crew have seen a mermaid. The log entry reads: "From the Navill upward, her backe and breasts were like a womans… her skin was very white; and long haire hanging down behinde, of colour blacke; in her going downe they saw her tayle, which was like the tayle of a Porposse, and speckled like a Macrell."
1857: On a rainy day in Ottawa, Illinois, a farmer named Bradley hears a hissing sound overhead and looks skyward to see an apparent shower of cinders falling. They land in a V-shaped formation, causing steam to rise from the ground while setting grass afire, while the cinders themselves sink into the soil like small blades. At the same time, Bradley sees a small dark cloud hanging over his garden.
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