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The opening episode of #AmericanHorrorStory's sixth season raised even more questions than the teaser campaign that preceded it, including where did half of the cast vanish to and whether the ground was actually breathing or not. However, one of the biggest questions on everyone's lips was: How on earth did teeth rain down from the sky, and why didn't Shelby freak out about it more?

The teeth rain was a memorable event of biblical proportions, yet no mention has been made of it since — until this week, that is, when the hillbillies finally explained where the bizarre phenomenon came from.

Where Does The Teeth Rain Come From?

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According to the Polks, the teeth are taken from the numerous sacrifices that the Butcher has massacred over the years. As the molars and canines don't burn, they're the only thing that survives the ritual, so the hillbillies believe they will remain safe if they wear the chompers around their necks as talismans.

The Polks aren't exactly renowned to be a 'reliable' fountain of knowledge, yet they clearly believe in the protective power of these raining molars with their heart and soul, fighting to pull out Monet's and Audrey's to replenish their own teeth stock.

While it remains unclear whether the teeth's protective properties are derived from an actual agreement with the Butcher, or whether Mamma Polk just pretended to make her children/brothers/sisters/cousins feel better, the rain itself is probably a by-product of Scáthach's rituals. However, this wouldn't be the first time that strange things have rained down from the sky.

Could Teeth Rain Down From The Sky In Real Life?

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We've all heard the stories of frogs or fish raining down from above, but these bizarre events actually occur far more frequently than you'd think. Everything from snakes, stones and even golf balls have been officially documented before under the phenomenon of 'freaky rain shit' that can fall from overhead, but scientists still aren't sure how it happens.

The general consensus is that rare forms of waterspouts or tornados sometimes pick up a number of peculiar objects, which then fall in other locations, as this unique weather phenomenon can travel up to thousands of miles at a time.

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While we're yet to find documented evidence of teeth rain falling in a similar fashion, scientists once pre-empted this hail of chompers way back in 1999, when they deliberately spread 40 tons of calcium pellets over forests damaged by acid rain in order to try and re-fertilise the forest .

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Follow up studies discovered that the areas treated with this rain of 'calcium teeth' actually produced 21% more wood and 11% more leaves, suggesting that the remaining survivors of My Roanoke Nightmare should have plenty of forest to hide in when shit hits the fan closer to the Season 6 finale. Lee, Audrey and Monet should still think about snagging themselves a tooth necklace though, just in case. You can never be too careful these days.

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Sources — Inverse, Smithsonian