Villagers in India mistakenly collected spheres of frozen faeces that fell from a plane, believing them to be pieces of space rock or proof of alien life.
That’s according to a senior official from the Indian Meteorological Department, who revealed the disgusting reality to the BBC.
The “rocks” were first discovered back in January 13, when a giant icy sphere thought to weigh around 12 kilos fell from the sky near Fazilpur Badli.
According to Vivek Kalia, a senior official speaking to the BBC: “There was big thud and people of the village came running out of their homes to find out what had happened.
“Some villagers thought it was an extra terrestrial object,” he said.
“Others thought it was some celestial rock and I’ve heard that they took samples home.”
Worse still: many of these avid “asteroid” enthusiasts have ended up storing these giant clumps of human excrement in their fridges alongside their food and drink, hoping to one-day gain fame and fortune as a result.
“Villagers who kept it inside their refrigerators are disappointed,” one resident revealed to Times of India in arguably the biggest understatement of 2018 so far.
These same folk are now busy cleaning their fridges and freezers while simultaneously trying to erase any memory of the incident from their minds.
It’s pretty rare for faecal matter to fall from the sky as a result of aircraft above – despite what some people would have you believe.
Plan toilets are supposed to be emptied on the ground in between flights.
Unfortunately, on rare occasions urine and faeces has been found near the overflow outlet and has often turned icy once the aircraft reaches a high altitude.
These blocks of ice have them been known to break off and fall to Earth, causing significant damage.
Last January, 2016, a woman from Salt Lake City in the US posted a Facebook video showcasing the damage incurred on her car after poo from a passing plane landed on the vehicle and her driveway during the night. It wasn’t a pretty sight.
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