Books: Heretic*

Lo!—Charles Fort—Kendall ($2.50).

Why does it rain frogs?

"do statues bleed?"

do eels appear in landlocked water?

Quite as arresting as such phenomena is phenomenal Charles Fort, who puts such questions with an accusing grin at Science. He is a world's champion professional anti-scientist. For 23 years he has grubbed in museums and libraries for records of occurrences which scientists can explain (thinks Fort) only by ridiculous hypotheses or denial that the occurrences occurred.

Science, says Fort, makes insanely ambiguous pronouncements. Predicting the 1925 total eclipse of the sun, astronomers were four seconds and three-quarters of a mile off. Scientists have not decided (thinks...

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