Just discovered the wikipedia entry on Charles Fort, a fascinating figure from the early 20th century. He was sort of like Robert Ripley, a collector of strange anomalies such as ball lightning or frogs falling from the sky.

Wikipedia summed up his outlook on anomalous phenomena in this way:

People with a psychological need to believe in marvels are no more prejudiced and gullible than people with a psychological need not to believe in marvels.”