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Frankie
06-12-2009, 10:32 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090612/sc_space/boyhitbymeteorite

Boy Hit by Meteorite
SPACE.com Staff

SPACE.com Space.com Staff

A 14-year old German boy was hit in the hand by a pea-sized meteorite that scared the bejeezus out of him and left a scar.


"When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself into the road," Gerrit Blank said in a newspaper account. Astronomers have analyzed the object and conclude it was indeed a natural object from space, The Telegraph reports.


Most meteors vaporize in the atmosphere, creating "shooting stars," and never reach the ground. The few that do are typically made mostly of metals. Stony space rocks, even if they are big as a car, will usually break apart or explode as they crash through the atmosphere.


There are a handful of reports of homes and cars being struck by meteorites, and many cases of space rocks streaking to the surface and being found later.


But human strikes are rare. There are no known instances of humans being killed by space rocks.


According to a SPACE.com article on the topic a few years, back:

On November 30, 1954, Alabama housewife Ann Hodges was taking a nap on her couch when she was awakened by a 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) meteor that crashed through the roof of her house, bounced off a piece of furniture and struck her in the hip, causing a large bruise.
On October 9, 1992, a large fireball was seen streaking over the eastern United States, finally exploding into many pieces. In Peekskill, New York, one of the pieces struck a Chevrolet automobile owned by Michelle Knapp. Knapp was not in the car at the time.
On June 21, 1994, Jose Martin of Spain was driving with his wife near Madrid when a 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) meteor crashed through his windshield, bent the steering wheel and ended up in the back seat.

In 2004, a 2,000-pound space rock bigger than a refrigerator exploded in the late-night sky over Chicago, producing a large flash and a sound resembling a detonation that woke people up. Fragments rained down on that wild Chicago night, and many were collected by residents in a northern suburb.

Lzen
06-12-2009, 10:36 AM
If it was still descending fast enough to "bury itself into the road", why did it not go through the boy's hand?

blaise
06-12-2009, 10:37 AM
Officials are still searching for the boy's bejeezus.

blaise
06-12-2009, 10:40 AM
If it was still descending fast enough to "bury itself into the road", why did it not go through the boy's hand?

It bounced off his Scorpions ring. Every German has one.

I wonder what superpowers he acquired.

Gonzo
06-12-2009, 10:46 AM
If it was still descending fast enough to "bury itself into the road", why did it not go through the boy's hand?

He was wearing his wolf shirt... Duh!

Demonpenz
06-12-2009, 10:46 AM
It bounced off his Scorpions ring. Every German has one.

I wonder what superpowers he acquired.

tolerate Hasselhoffs singing

FAX
06-12-2009, 11:02 AM
Officials are still searching for the boy's bejeezus.

LMAO

Hope they find it before he needs it again.

You know, some of you guys aren't going to believe this but, here goes anyhow ... the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX and I lived in a condo (Hobbs House in Green Hills, for those of you who know the area) for awhile right after we were married. Lots of happy memories there.

We owned a bunch of stainless steel mixing bowls while we were there ... probably received them as a wedding gift, I don't recall. Anyhow, one day I noticed that one of the bowls had a hole in it the size of say ... a pencil lead. The edges of the hole were kind of blackened.

I know we had used the bowl many, many times and it never had a hole in it before. We're talking about stainless steel here, so pretty difficult to drill a small hole in one under any circumstances, let alone by accident. I theorize that the bowl was struck by some kind of super, space ray ... maybe gamma, or something ... that reacted to the stainless steel and made the hole. Possible, you think?

FAX

kepp
06-12-2009, 11:18 AM
What the story failed to mention was the ethereal voice he heard before the collision: "Thee masturbator shalt be smited!"

SNR
06-12-2009, 11:29 AM
LMAO

Hope they find it before he needs it again.

You know, some of you guys aren't going to believe this but, here goes anyhow ... the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX and I lived in a condo (Hobbs House in Green Hills, for those of you who know the area) for awhile right after we were married. Lots of happy memories there.

We owned a bunch of stainless steel mixing bowls while we were there ... probably received them as a wedding gift, I don't recall. Anyhow, one day I noticed that one of the bowls had a hole in it the size of say ... a pencil lead. The edges of the hole were kind of blackened.

I know we had used the bowl many, many times and it never had a hole in it before. We're talking about stainless steel here, so pretty difficult to drill a small hole in one under any circumstances, let alone by accident. I theorize that the bowl was struck by some kind of super, space ray ... maybe gamma, or something ... that reacted to the stainless steel and made the hole. Possible, you think?

FAXProbably one o' them steel-eatin' worms.

Frankie
06-12-2009, 12:31 PM
You know, some of you guys aren't going to believe this but, here goes anyhow ... the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX and I lived in a condo (Hobbs House in Green Hills, for those of you who know the area) .....

FAX

And the city has declared it Sacred Grounds. Every year thousands of the faithful congregate in the area where there are numerous reports of appearances of Mr. FAX's face and/or figure on tree barks, water stains on walls and window glass stains.

bevischief
06-12-2009, 05:43 PM
What the story failed to mention was the ethereal voice he heard before the collision: "Thee masturbator shalt be smited!"

ROFLROFL