What may seem like the concept of a horror movie for some has transpired into real life. This week, residents of Liaoning, China were showered with rainfalls of worms, as reported by the Mirror. Seemingly coming from mid-air, these squiggly creatures made their way from the sky to the ground, covering the cars and streets en masse. Locals of the town attempted to go about their day with umbrellas, while authorities advised seeking shelter.
This strange ordeal remains a mystery, though several theories depict ways that the creepy crawlies could have found their way into Liaoning. For one, the Mother Nature Network suggests that the worms were swept up by large winds that eventually led them to be caught in a rainstorm. The journal notes that this phenomenon shows similarities to when insects are caught in whirlpools.
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Surprisingly, these raining worms have not been the only unexplainable cause to have stumped biologists. In 2015, Texas experienced its own downfall of slimy creatures on the road in Eisenhower State Park. Initially, Park Rangers assumed that this sighting was a careless dropping of pasta noodles until they noticed that the squiggles were in fact worms. Eight years later, the occurrence still remains a mystery.
Twitter users took to the platform to discuss this strange occurrence, with some debunking this rainstorm of worms altogether. One user wrote, "these are not worms or animals, but flower stalks dropped from trees," suggesting that the worm-like sightings were actually just the bloom from poplar flowers. Others who refuse to believe the photos are suggesting that they may have been staged.
While the unsightly event in China stirred up questions and hypotheses from both scientists and social media users alike, some remain outright disturbed by the idea of worms raining from the sky. "If I was just minding my business on a casual day in China and it started raining worms ?? I'd just die," one user tweeted. Another added, "I consider myself a strong woman. BUT, this would probably give me a heart attack." To keep up with the latest news on hip-hop, pop culture, and the strangeness within the world, check out HNHH.