Kentucky Nature January 16, 2016
by Jenn Shockley These 11 Unexplained Natural Phenomena In Kentucky Will Baffle You
Science cannot always explain unusual phenomena, especially in Kentucky. We might be a bit on the laid back side, but when something unusual happens, we take notice. Over the centuries there have been unexplainable events in the Bluegrass State. In some cases, science struggled to find the answers. In others, notes were taken, scientists were baffled and we were left to our own imagination.
Here are 11 unique natural phenomena’s that occurred in Kentucky:
11. Crop circles
During 2003 in Flemingsburg, a crop circle was discovered in a field of rye. The area had no significance other than it wasn’t far from another crop circle discovered in Ohio near the Great Serpent Mound. A UFO was also seen flying around Morehead within months of the incident.
10. Grayson mutilations
Around 2001, some mutilations were reviewed in Grayson County that were going on around 25 years. Some of the more well known and disturbing mutilations included an Appaloosa colt, Hereford Bull, and a heifer missing some of her organs. Even stranger, there was no blood found around the bodies or in the area. (I thought a living Appaloosa mare and colt made for a much more appealing image.)
9. Cumberland Falls moonbow
They say the area is just perfect for a moonbow. Since we see them more often than not, it is hard to argue. Science tries to tie in a lot of hoopla surrounding the reasoning behind our gorgeous moonbow. We prefer to say Cumberland Falls is just another special place in Kentucky where Mother Nature’s natural beauty is enhanced. Sometimes we even have a rare "double" moonbow, like the one shown.
8. Foal problems
During the spring of 2001 there was an epidemic in the thoroughbred industry. Roughly 1 out of every 20 pregnant mares miscarried. The losses quickly rose to more than $225 million and the only explanation was that erratic weather caused an increase in cyanide within cherry leaves that might have been eaten by the pregnant mares. However, that theory was shaky at best, just because there were cherry trees on other farms where no issues occurred. Therefore, no conclusion was ever drawn that was proven 100% accurate.
7. Blue people of Troublesome Creek
The blue people of Troublesome Creek in Kentucky have been around for more than 200 years. The initial family that held the lovely shade of bluish purple tint to their skin was the Fugates. After much searching, doctors found some of the mysterious blue people and convinced them to allow some testing. The coloration was cased from a blood disorder, which likely stemmed from inbreeding early on in their history. The first of the blues was an orphaned Frenchman, deemed Martin Fugate. He and his red headed bride were the beginning. Fugate’s history prior to coming to Kentucky is unknown. The image shown is of Martin Fugate, his wife and several of his children.
6. Spring Heeled Jack
A humanoid figure was periodically seen leaping across rooftops in the Louisville area for decades. Several officers of the British Army reported seeing Jack leaping onto the rooftop of their sentry building in 1870. A decade later, the Courier Journal reported on July 28, 1880 a low flying machine was seen, which was operated by a humanoid’s hands and feet, but two people were aboard. A series of unspeakable crimes were committed and deemed the work of Jack. After being the subject military conversation and the cause of public fear, Jack became the focus of British comics and newspapers. He is said to be the predecessor to Jack the Ripper.
5. Unexplained lights
The people of Estill County and Cobb Hill have reported unexplained lights that float or dart. These luminous orbs appear with no known light source, nor is there any evidence of a source after they disappear. The only proof is the word of locals who have seen them and the occasional video.
4. Stanford UFOs
On January 6, 1976, three women were driving through Stanford around 11:15 p.m. The vehicles electronics begin to act strange and the car sped up on its own, frightening the women. In a blink, things were normal again, except the women were all covered in burns and it was after 1 a.m., yet they were in the same stretch of highway. They reported the incident to the police and after undergoing hypnotism, it was determined the women had been abducted by what they believed to be aliens.
3. Sand Mountain ghost lights
During the 1900s, residents of the area around Sand Mountain reported strange lights that moved along the trails and paths of the mountain. They would follow a distance behind travelers as they made their way along the trails. The people felt as if the orbs had intelligence, and would hover than vanish.
2. Raining meat
During March 1876 red meat rained down from the sky in Bath County. It was actual quality meat and the only explanation was a large flock of buzzards had flown over the county. Since there were no large groups of buzzards seen, and the meat was too large for them to carry, it was an unproven theory.
1. Mayesville UFO
Godman Air Force Base, on the outskirts of Louisville, along with the state police were aware of an object that was not a plane, copter, weather balloon, or any known flying object. Captain Thomas Mantell was briefed and took pursuit of the object. He maintained radio contact, but it suddenly stopped. His plane was found crashed, as if it had belly flopped. The Captain was found deceased, with every bone crushed, but there was no blood at the scene. He is buried in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville. The images depict his grave, a memorial sign and the actual crash
Each one of these baffling occurrences has been documented via military, local media or individual chronicles. Some of the stories have been told for generations, others only a decade or so. The point is that they made an impact at the time of their occurrence that inspired curiosity amongst the locals. This made it newsworthy at the time, and in some cases, a mysterious phenomenon today. These are just a few things that I know happened in Kentucky. What stories of curious phenomena have you heard about over the decades?
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