A case of mystery meat, all over the road

Talk about a bloody mess. This one is a rather “Fortean” incident.

Mysterious Chunks of Rotting Meat Close New York Highway.

A highway in upstate New York was shut down after being covered with chunks of rotting meat earlier this week, creating quite a stink for drivers. The strangest part? Officials aren’t quite sure where the offending flesh came from.

Dozens of chunks of raw meat littered a road in Queensbury on Thursday, covering passing cars in stinking gore as they traveled through the town about 60 miles from Albany, The Post-Star Glens Falls reported. Aviation Road was closed for about 2 hours while the state Department of Transportation cleaned up. But drivers were still dealing with the disgusting aftermath on Friday.

Some say the meat was beef, others claim it was chicken fat. Regardless of what the meat was the police believes the meat is from a farm or slaughterhouse and fell off the truck while in transit. However, no one has stepped forward to claim the misplaced meat.

Was it an animal hit on the highway?

Did it fall from the sky? There is no indication of that in this case. However, rains of flesh, unbelievably, have been reported before. Usually the rain is red from pollen, or parts of birds or their prey they have been carrying.

Bloody Weather 

When it Rains, it Pours: The Story of Weird Rain | Martin J. Clemens.

Strange things indeed.

What the Fort? (WTF) by Ethan Kocak

What the Fort? (WTF) by Ethan Kocak

  18 comments for “A case of mystery meat, all over the road

  1. Tribeca Mike
    July 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck, so my guess is they fell off a meat truck.

  2. Lee
    July 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Of course it fell from the sky! It is God Meat! All hail the holy God meat!

  3. Tribeca Mike
    July 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Very nice illustration, btw.

  4. RandyRandy
    July 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    “… And there’s hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut.”
    – Firesign Theatre, news headlines, Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers (comedy album, 1973)

  5. busterggi
    July 17, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I remember watching a shower of lobsters way back in the mid ’90’s. People were running out from everywhere to scoop them up for themselves.

    Wonder how the guy driving the truck carrying them explained it to his boss.

  6. David H
    July 18, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    And tubs of slaw Sorry only one tub per customer. That’s Arnie’s Whole Beef Halves! We Deliver! Everywhere!
    Offer not good after curfew in sectors R or N!

  7. July 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Nice use of the illustration, Sharon:) I live in upstate NY, but I’m still like 3+ hours from where this happened.

  8. YetAnoutherBrian
    July 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Wait, you don’t just drop a bomb like that with out more details. We need details!

    You need to write this up and send it to Sci-Fi. I have a feeling we might be seeing the birth of Lobsternado.

  9. tim
    July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Yes! Hilarious album. I got it for Christmas in 1971. I’m pretty sure it was released in ’70.
    Either way, it’s a classic.

  10. busterggi
    July 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Ah it was magnificent! The truck driver hadn’t been paying attention and had to slam his brakes because he started going through a red light and almost hit another vehicle. Apparently the tank of lobsters wasn’t very secure because it tipped over, smashed out the rear doors of the truck and spilled a couple humdred gallons of live lobsters flying onto the road. Most of them survived the fall w/o apparent harm but dozens of people came running out of nearby businesses (customers and staff) and were fighting it out in the road to grab as many as possible. I was a couple of cars behind the truck and got to watch a great show for about twenty minutes as all traffic had come to a stop because of people frantically running to & from the red tide of crustaceans.

  11. Richard Smith
    July 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Hmm. Mystery meat on the road… Sounds like a job for Torchwood.

  12. July 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I had mental image of Lobsters falling out of the sky. Your story is much more satisfying.

  13. Lagaya1
    July 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Physics being what it is, If he slammed on his brakes, the lobsters went forward, not backward. Maybe they later crawled out the back…

  14. Kurt
    July 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I thought the same thing at first, then realized that slamming on the break would cause all the water to foe into the front of the tank, building up a massive wave against the cab. Once deceleration stopped, all that stored momentum would flow backwards like a wave, hitting the back of the truck with just as much force as it took to stop the truck (minus friction). More than enough to break the tank, I suspect.

  15. busterggi
    July 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    No, they flew alright. I’d guess the tank went forward initially, bounced off the front wall of the trailer and then went backwards.

  16. Peebs
    July 19, 2014 at 4:48 PM


    The physics seem plausible, it happens in some brain injuries and is known as a Contra Coup. However the red tide reference has to be incorrect.

    A live lobster is an inky blue/black colour. They only take on a red hue after cooking due to four of the five enzymes which make up it’s natural colour being unstable when exposed to heat.

  17. busterggi
    July 19, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Its my memory and I’ll remember it as I like!

  18. Peebs
    July 20, 2014 at 3:13 AM

    I shall slither away and never darken your doors (or memories) again!

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