Charles Hatfield - Rain Salesman

In 1902, American Charles Hatfield invented a mysterious mixture that could be used to make it rain. At least that's what the inventor himself said. The mixture consisted of 23 substances that were heated in huge trays and evaporated into the atmosphere, causing precipitation.

Two years later, Hatfield began an extensive advertising campaign for his invention. Charles realized that in California, where he lived at the time, farmers would be willing to pay a lot of money to save their crops from drought.

However, farmers were rather skeptical about Hatfield's claims that he could cause rain at any time, and even made a bet with him. Then Charles, with the help of his brother Paul, built a wooden tower, on top of which he conducted his experiment. Surprisingly, the result was not long in coming: soon clouds came, and the rain poured abundantly on the farm fields. This is how the inventor made his first profit.

Rumors of a "rain salesman" quickly spread throughout the country, and Hatfield began receiving orders on a regular basis. For example, in 1915, Charles signed a tempting $ 10, 000 contract to fill a reservoir in San Diego. Indeed, shortly after spraying the mixture, the formula of which Hatfield kept the strictest confidence, a terrible downpour hit San Diego, a stream of water washed out railway tracks, many houses, and more than 20 people died. The total damage amounted to about 3.5 million dollars, and the inventor himself received a subpoena.

However, for Hatfield, everything ended well, the court decided that a person is not able to control the sky, and the terrible downpour is just a coincidence. However, after this trial, the popularity of Charles Hatfield only increased. He was literally overwhelmed with orders. In 1929, even the Honduran government approached him with a request to stop extensive forest fires.

In total, Hatfield conducted about 500 successful experiments, but during the Great Depression, his business collapsed, in the late 20s - early 30s of the last century, the United States experienced a terrible economic crisis, people were not up to the "wizard Hatfield". He even had to start selling sewing machines.

Charles Hatfield died in 1958 and was buried in California. He took the secret of the "rain formula" with him. True, many skeptics doubt that such a formula existed at all and are inclined to believe that, before starting to call rain, Hatfield carefully studied the climatic features of this region, which means that the rain would have passed without his intervention.