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jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 4:19 PM

CHILD HIT BY METEORITE

Did you catch this story?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090612/sc_space/boyhitbymeteorite

BOY HIT BY METEORITE

A 14-year old German boy was hit in the hand by a pea-sized meteorite that scared the (CENSORED - but it is the last half of the former name of the player formerly known as EASY) 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.





lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 4:23 PM

Scared the bejesus out of him? That was in the news?

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 4:25 PM

Was the meteorite silicate carbonaceous or metallic?

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 4:31 PM

ooooo, see, we do learn stuff from the wp's.

Some of us just don't retain it.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 4:44 PM

I just was shocked it didn't go THROUGH his hand.

Lodi - there I was trying to be sensitive - but noooOOOOOoooooo.....

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 5:11 PM

Its ok, I'm not sensitive. You can say my previous user name any time you like. Just don't look into the mirror and say it three times. I can't guarantee what will happen.

Eesusbejesus, Eesusbejesus, Eesusbejes..........AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 5:14 PM

You turn into Fonzie?

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 5:18 PM

No. Leather makes me sweat.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 5:25 PM

Jank, if you want sensitivity, try the Chastity Bono thread.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 6:05 PM

I'm too chaste to go there. Or was it chased? That's not the Bono I'm interested in being chased by.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 9:03 PM

Remember the Sham the Sham song "Li'l Red Riding Hood?" Isn't there a line in there, "I think I ought to walk with you for a ways, Just to see that you don't get chaste?"

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 12th Jun '09 9:15 PM

When I was married to my first wife (R.I.P.) I was hit by a flying saucer. Right after near misses by a flying napkin holder and a flying coffee mug. Didn't make the news though.


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