Knit Flix

Monday, April 11, 2005

Believe it or not

From yesterday's Advocate-Messenger.

Looking Back: Knitting needles rained down

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Jack Bailey's latest book, "Murders, Mischief Mysteries, Mayhem, Madness, Misdemeanors, and Downright Meanness in Mercer."

As to the natural disasters to hit Mercer County, one of the strangest was the rain of knitting needles in 1856. After a night of heavy wind and rain, passers-by found an eight-acre lot on West Factory Street partially covered with brand new, iron knitting needles.

They were planted at a uniform angle, "their free upper ends swaying in the breeze like a field of steel grass." There was no ready explanation. Various theories sprung up, but the most logical one is that a tornado had torn up a knitting needle factory somewhere and they were carried by the wind and dropped in Harrodsburg. The story later became a feature in Ripley's Believe It Or Not.


  • Speaking of totally awesome, have you seen this?:

    By Blogger Ilona, at 4/11/2005 2:16 PM  

  • OMG. Is that for real?? Too funny.

    By Blogger Bogie, at 4/11/2005 2:29 PM  

  • I regularly read your postings because I like to see your finished're good...and today, OMG, 3 years ago I lived in Danville and the Advocate was our local paper. Always amazed at how the world's connected.

    By Anonymous patti, at 4/11/2005 2:39 PM  

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