A bizarre video showing parked cars covered in worm-like creatures has sent the internet into a frenzy, with many questioning whether the worms had fallen from the sky. The footage, allegedly filmed in Beijing, China, displays numerous vehicles smothered in the slimy creatures.
The video has been shared widely on social media, with the accompanying caption “rain of worms,” leading many to believe that the worms were a product of an unusual atmospheric phenomenon.
Although some individuals are interpreting the occurrence as a sign of impending doom, others believe that there must be a scientific explanation for the strange phenomenon.
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According to a report by The Scientific Journal of the Mother Nature Network, the worms may have been swept up by a minor tornado or emerged from the thawing ground as spring approaches.
Authorities have yet to unveil the root cause of the incident, but online speculations are starting to emerge.Residents of Beijing were advised to carry umbrellas when leaving their homes, as per El Heraldo’s report. News footage shows locals navigating through their daily activities with umbrellas positioned to shield themselves from the falling worms.
One hypothesis circulating online suggests that the “worms” seen in the viral video are, in fact, poplar flowers. These flowers are common in China and are often filled with seeds, which may resemble caterpillars when they fall. Poplar flowers grow on trees and typically bloom between February and March.
Raining cats and dogs…
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However, the occurrence of raining worms is not unprecedented. In April 2015, Norwegian biologist Karsten Erstad was stunned to come across thousands of earthworms while skiing. Despite his expertise on the animal kingdom, he was initially surprised by the sight.
In the Scottish Borders in 2011, physical education teacher David Crichton was supervising a group of second-year boys when they heard a “soft thudding” noise on the artificial pitch. Upon looking up, they observed dozens of worms raining down from above.
While the origin of this strange event remains unknown, one thing is for sure – it has certainly caught the attention of people all over the world.