I do believe I have joined those exalted few and created a new word: “ Forteanosity” , a verb, “a situation, condition, or period of time, of extraordinary Fortean activity.” (For example, right now I`m listening to What`s The Frequency Kenneth by R.E.M, eating a cheddar cheese and celery sandwich, dodging midges and wandering why I destroyed that friendship but this is nowhere weird enough to be called Forteanosity, as some of the items in the following blog.) Or in more plebeian terms, a period of “weird s**t”. The years 1907-1908 fall into this category. At least they do if my two sides of A4 paper with hand written notes are typical of that year. I wonder if every year could be described as weird as 1907-8, thus making my new word redundant after about 15 minutes lol ?
So here we go..
Many of the following notes were taken on looking through The Times:
February 1907 : A man vanished in
May 26th 1907 : Shower of strange
July 2nd 1907. A terrific explosion in Burlington, Vermont.
August 18th 1907 . Disturbances at home in Kensington
October 1907 : Falls of soot and ashes – where?
December 2nd 1907
Airship, thought to be French one missing from
, seen over Carmarthanshire and
Cardingshire morning of the 1st. Last observed at 8.30a.m moving
rapidly towards Cardingshire Bay. Airship passed over Killyleigh, Co. Down at
1.30pm at 1000 feet, moving North. Wind was Easterly . Ship was unlike Nulli
Secundus, having no white bands. Verdun
The following extracts from letters to The Times are about the luminous owls scare of this time. A much fuller account of the phenomenon can be found in Fortean Studies volume 1 pp 50-58 – The Luminous Owls of Norfolk - by David Clarke
December 14th 1907 T. Digby Pigott believed the luminosity was an owl, with a glow like a lamp of a motorcycle first seen at 7.45pm.
December 26th 1907 Second letter on luminous owl from T. Digby Pigott – a policeman has seen it. Cites A Wonderful History of All The Storms, Hurricanes, Eartquakes &c,
mentions luminosity clinging to men and beasts. London
December 26th 1907 “ I (a country teacher) first noticed the phenomenon in
Shropshire one evening in February 1892. A pair of these
birds, Strix flames, lived in the buildings at a farm about 100 yards from the
school…it (the luminosity) was not as bright as Digby Pigott`s correspondent
observed. One bird has been seen luminous , the other not. Luminosity occurs
when bird rises in flight.
Part Two will continue with the year 1908. Just to end with, not a luminous whale, but a white whale , in Loch Striven,
, see left, from The Times
of July 11th 1904. Scotland