30 Jun: It’s Raining Frogs!

When marine amphibians fall from the sky, people tend to notice. So it was on 30th June, 1892 – when it reportedly rained FROGS in the Birmingham suburb of Moseley.

Multiple accounts of animal rain – now thought to be caused by tornadoes sweeping up creatures as they traverse local water sources – can be found as far back as ancient Roman literature, and throughout the medieval era.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider the Biblical resonance of froggy-drops, discover the “Miss ‘Rain of Fish’” competition in Latin America, and work out why it’s said to be ‘raining cats and dogs’, when it literally never is…

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