"The Artist Trying to Explain Kentucky’s ‘Meat Shower’ of 1876" Discussion Thread

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I have had this exact same experience here in Pennsylvania years ago. One morning I walked out to my car and my entire driveway and car were totally covered with bits of meat like stuff, red colored. I was totally baffled and even called the police thinking that some foolish teenagers threw something nasty at my new car. I felt embarrassed when the policeman arrived and told me he believed that birds had probably settled in the trees above and excreted this stuff and I now firmly believe the police officer was correct.

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Could this be related to ‘Manna from Heaven’?

I remember Manna being characterized as bread like, but I could be wrong…

What I would do is to take the sample and test the DNA on it. Then you would know exactly what kind of meat it is and probably be able to figure out how it got to be raining down like that. I think the Buzzard Barf is the most likely explanation. We have Turkey Buzzards out here too but they have never barfed that I have seen anyway. If it tastes vile I don’t think the Israelis would have eaten it. In the Bible they said it tasted sweet. I would really like to know what it is just for curiosity sake.

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Actually, the largest outdoor annual event held in Kentucky is Thunder Over Louisville which is held in April each year. There are usually over 500,000 or more attendees for the annual one day event. The Kentucky Derby has well over 200,000 attendees annually as does The Worlds Chicken Festival held in London, Ky every September.

Indeed, the article does seem to indicate the presence of the turkey vulture. Turkey vultures are the janitors of the forest or woods/wilderness. They eat carrion and clean up decaying and dead refuse. It has to be rotten and stinking before the vultures will touch it. The humble bird stops the spread of disease this way. The tax collector Zacchaeus demonstrates this humility as depicted in Luke 19. He couldn’t change his short stature but accepted how God made him.

My recollection is that God sent manna in the morning and quail in the evening for the Israelites to eat. Manna {what is it?} tastes sweet and oily but the people became tired of this wafer bread. Quail is in the poultry department.

Atlas Obscura has its own theory on what manna might be: