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Meteorite Hits Girl

chrisd posted more than 11 years ago | from the hopefully-not-a-prologue dept.

News 505

redcliffe writes "The BBC has a story about a 14 year old North Yorkshire girl who was hit, on the foot, by a meteorite. Where's Bruce Willis when you need him?" The young Miss Carlton notes: "This does not happen that often in Northallerton"; no doubt the City of York is where most meteorites land.

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With those odds (1)

N3WBI3 (595976) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161433)

Someone buy that girl a lotto ticket, better yet have her buy me one..

Re:With those odds (3, Funny)

sekensirazu (581164) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161445)

Yes. Except, you'd probably get a paper cut from the ticket and a subsequent deadly rare bacterial infection and die. That's not _good_ luck, getting hit by a meteorite. Oh... he got struck by lightning? Better have _him_ handle my finances. :P

Re:With those odds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161466)

Actually, it's great luck. How many people do you know who got hit by a meteorite and actually lived???

Re:With those odds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161591)

I think the meteor fell from Uranus

Re:With those odds (3, Funny)

cscx (541332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161633)

Hey man, consider her lucky... she could have been killed. I mean, what do you think would have happened if she, say, was hiding out in Flanders' bomb shelter?

Damn thats gotta hurt. (1)

arakon (97351) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161434)

I thought it was bad stubbing your toe on all that furniture you don't see in the dark...
that is the pinky toe's true purpose... to let you know about all that furniture and door edges.

CNN - America's most trusted news source (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161438)

Full Transcript [cnn.com]

So it was announced today that the Olsen twins will be presenters at the MTV Music Video Awards. Now, like many in my generation, I have something of an obsession with Mary-Kate and Ashley. I first came to know these beguiling minx when back in 1987 they first showed up in that "Full House" with Bob Saget, John Stamos, and that blond guy. I was a young sophomore in college then, and on wintry nights, my friends and I would gather round the phosphorescent warmth of the flickering TV, laughing, pondering, and yes, sometimes crying, at the lovable pixies who so bewitched us.

Sure, they were only nine months old at the time, but oh, how they lit up the screen. Now, of course, I look back with regret. Because I missed the early clues to the dark forces that some believe were at work even then. That's right. Like many of us who troll the Web for days, I've come to believe that the Olsens are part of a twin- based conspiracy that goes back generations.

Now hear me out.

It started with the Siamese connection, Chang and Eng, yes, then the Bobbsey (ph) twins, cunning operatives who lulled the readers into believing they were using their powers for good. Remember the Wonder Twins? Did we really believe they were out to save the world in the form of an eagle, shape of an ice bridge? And as for their sidekick Gleek, cute psuedo-symian? or hideous, unholy hybrid of man and monkey? I ask you. Most recently, the "Playboy" twins. I believe the Olsen twins are the last step, the completion of the cycle if you will.

The Olsen twins are the most financially successful child stars ever. To put this in perspective, to match their success, Dana Plato would have had to hold up 1.8 million convenience stores. Impossible. How else can you explain the Olsen phenomenon if it isn't some sort of diabolical plot? They have appeared in 40 videos which have sold more than 30 million copies. That's a lot considering they're not doing porn, yet . They've sold 1.5 million records, and appear on TV about 30 times a week, not counting the subliminal messages, yes, that's right, I see you, Ashley.

Earlier this summer, the Olsen twins announced they were introducing a line of junior clothing for sale at Wal-Mart, this year they project sales of up to $1 billion. I am not kidding. They are advancing into Wal-Marts across the country, and have we heard nothing from Tom Ridge? No. That's the genius of the Olsens. Their campaign has been waged slowly, meticulously, and in the public eye from day one. It started with the acting, then singing, a little tap, soon the inevitable shimmying, and now we are drowning in Olsen products.

Now I know you may scoff, you may say, how can Mary-Kate and Ashley be a threat to our great land, but scoff all you want, when your kids are singing Olsen songs, wearing Olsen clothes, and bowing down to Olsen reliquaries, you won't be allowed to scoff unless Mary- Kate and Ashley say it's OK. And believe me, they won't. You think its a coincidence Kmart has gone bust, and Martha's on the rocks, I warn you MTV, today they are presenting an award, tomorrow, it's Mary-Kate and Ashley Living Omnimedia.

Joe Dirt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161439)

Anyone seen Joe Dirt? You know, the part where the meteor turns out to be frozen shit.... Why can't I get that out of my head?

can she sue someone? (3, Funny)

huphtur (259961) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161440)

like nasa? or fcc? or riaa?

Re:can she sue someone? (3, Funny)

jgardn (539054) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161455)

God? How would you server the papers? And what lawyer would take on God? Well... I take that last one back.

Re:can she sue someone? (5, Funny)

N3WBI3 (595976) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161474)

I dont think the problem would be finding a layer to take on God (as they all think they are God), I think the problem is where is God going to get a layer in heaven?

THAT *WOULD* HAPPEN TO A BRIT. DUMBASSES. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161442)

Transcript of article.... (4, Funny)

Cryptnotic (154382) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161446)


she was walking all alone
down the street in the alley
her name was sally
she never saw it
when she was hit by space junk
in new york miami beach
heavy metal fell in cuba
angola saudi arabia
on xmas eve said norad
a soviet sputnik hit africa
india venezuela (in texas kansas)
it's falling fast peru too
it keeps coming
and now i'm mad about space junk
i'm all burned out about space junk
oooh walk & talk about space junk
it smashed my baby's head
and now my sally's dead


No. Not really. Those are the lyrics to the Devo song, "Space Junk".

Somebody please... (1, Funny)

seanadams.com (463190) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161447)


Photoshop some hair onto that forehead. I'm blind!

Re:Somebody please... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161479)

Now thats a first for the internet. Someone asking for more hair on a 14 year old!! ;)

Re:Somebody please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161594)

She has almost as much forehead as Natalie Portman

done. just for YOU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161620)

here it is [goatse.cx] .

I hope you appreciate my hard work.

Lucky girl...I was I was her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161451)

I'd appreciate this story much more if I had toes. Or feet for that matter. You see I was born with a defect that rendered me footless within 6 hours of my birth. They had to amputate them because of this rare condition.

I would love to know what it is like to be hit in the foot by a big space rock. I bet she doesn't truely appreciate her luck. I mean, it is not everyone that has a foot. :(

Thank you for listening.

Re:Lucky girl...I was I was her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161554)

> Lucky girl...I was I was her

I was I was her, too.

The text of the article... in case of /. Effect ! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161454)

'Meteorite' hits girl

Siobhan Cowton: "I saw it fall from above roof height"

The odds against being hit by a meteorite are billions to one - but a teenager in North Yorkshire may have had one land on her foot.
Siobhan Cowton, 14, was getting into the family car outside her Northallerton home at 1030 BST on Thursday when a stone fell on her from the sky.

This does not happen very often in Northallerton

Siobhan Cowton

Noticing it was "quite hot", she showed it to her father Niel.

The family now plan to have the stone analysed by scientists at Durham University.

"I saw it fall from above roof height," Siobhan told BBC News Online.

"It looked very unusual, with a bubbled surface and tiny indentations like volcanic lava.

'Shiny'

"It was shiny on one side and looked rusty as if it contained iron.

"I've seen shooting stars before - but nothing like this. This does not happen very often in Northallerton."

Mr Cowton, 45, told BBC News Online he would take the stone to be analysed himself.

The stone may have come from Mars

"It is not going to leave my sight because it is a very rare find," he said.

"It is worth a lot to Siobhan.

"We will have it mounted in a glass presentation case so she can keep it for the rest of her life.

"After all it is not every day you get hit by a meteorite.

"The odds of winning the Lottery are better."

The stone could have come from Mars, according to expert on Earth impacts Dr Benny Peiser, of Liverpool John Moores University.

"It could be billions of years old and come from the earliest formation of the solar system," he told the Daily Mail newspaper.

Most meteors are between five and 60 centimetres (1.95 in and 1 ft 11.5 in) long, according to Durham University physical geography lecturer Dr Ben Horton.

"Sometimes they have shallow depressions and cavities," he said.

Re:The text of the article... in case of /. Effect (2)

Myco (473173) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161468)

In case the BBC gets slashdotted? Um, I think they can probably handle the traffic.

Re:The text of the article... in case of /. Effect (2)

austad (22163) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161477)

The text of the article... in case of /. Effect !

Yeah, because as we all know, the BBC regularly becomes unavailble due to the slashdot effect.

Re:The text of the article... in case of /. Effect (1)

Myco (473173) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161522)

Pfft, I had you by a full two minutes, Mr. Redundant.

Re:The text of the article... in case of /. Effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161560)

You know what they say... Mediocre minds think alike.

Re:The text of the article... in case of /. Effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161532)


>>>Um, I think they can probably handle the traffic.

Exactly... And IF they cannot... then we are covered, thanks to my forethought (not to be confused with the young lass' forehead [slashdot.org] .)

hmm (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161459)

maybe not, but wouldnt it have hurt if it was a meteorite? I've seen tons of similar "rocks" at my old house.. we had a factory across the street and they were things that came from the smoke stack. The first one I found I thought was a meteorite, then when I found lots more I realized what it was. Maybe a factory shout out some gunk and a piece hit her foot?

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161494)

"Maybe a factory shout out some gunk and a piece hit her foot?"
Do you speak from experience? That statement sounds suspiciously like:
Maybe my faggot lover's cock shot out some cum and a piece hit her foot?
Quit subtly pushing your gay agenda, cockgobbler!!

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161514)

my faggot lover has great control over his man beast, he'd never miss my asshole and hit a young girls foot.

How dare you assume!

Re:hmm (5, Interesting)

LMCBoy (185365) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161528)

It's possible this isn't a meteorite. It would have hurt (but probably not much more than having the same rock thrown at you); since the article didn't mention it, I assume she was undamaged by the impact. Perhaps it hit her after a bounce.

Anyway, the thing that caught me was that she said it was hot to the touch. Small meteorites tend to be cold by the time they hit the ground. They are mostly iron, so they conduct heat well, and cool off fast in the upper atmosphere.

And she said it looked "rusty". Meteorites are black; they can't oxidize in space.
It will be interesting to see if there's a follow-up on this.

BTW, here [nyrockman.com] is a picture of a car in NY that was hit by a 12.5-kg meteorite in 1995. Ouch!

Re:hmm (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161566)

is he holding the meteorite in that pic? if so, it looks about the same size as hers and look at the damage!... her foot would have exploded.

And yeah, the gunk from the smokestack looked sorta rusty.. i bet she lives near a factory.

Re:hmm (2)

LMCBoy (185365) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161598)

No, I don't know what he's holding but the meteorite that hit that car weighed close to 30 pounds (12.5 kg).

Some days... (1)

Xacid (560407) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161467)

"...no doubt the City of York is where most Meteorites land." Where exactly did that comment come from? "After all it is not every day you get hit by a meteorite." You'd think everyone would know this...Damn America... Maybe it's just my lack of sleep that got me in this mood. Or perhaps I even got hit by a meteorite too. Watch it become the "next cool thing". I can only imagine...and I hope it stays there.

Re:Some days... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161568)

I believe he was making fun of "The young Miss Carlton" who said, "This does not happen that often in Northallerton". I think he was pointing out that it's not like there's any place where this does happen very often.

Wow (1)

pc486 (86611) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161473)

This is preaty amazing because, if my memory serves me right, this is the first recorded meteor that has landed on a human before, beyond space dust that is ;-). There was a case where a meteor broke through a roof, bounced around, and hit someone but it wasn't a direct smash right on the foot. What a lucky girl.

[rant] They could have written _something_ (1)

krahd (106540) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161475)


I mean, sometimes following a link in a slashdot post is not worthy, but this is ridiculous...

krahd

Re:[rant] They could have written _something_ (2)

Myco (473173) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161510)

Hear, hear. It seems like they just took a bunch of quotes from the girl and her dad, and a handful of incredibly obvious scientific observations, and shuffled them around randomly.

You know you're in trouble when the most exciting subheading you can come up with is "shiny." Oooh, shiny. Jebus.

Tiny meteorite (1)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161476)

This was hyped like it was some big meteorite... something that would have broken her foot, at least. It wasn't even the size of her hand! Come on, Slashdot!

physics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161480)

what a load of bullshit. if it hit her foot after falling from miles up, do you really think the first thing she would do is show it to her father? not likely. she'd be screaming in agony. fucking liars

Re:physics? (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161559)


I believe that there's some sort of rule of maximum velocity due to acceleration depending on max. If it's like lava rock, it's probably got a fairly low mass, in which case there is a possiblity that it might not be able to reach an overly high speed.

But still. You see something flash from by the rooftop, something hits your foot... it's still gotta be moving at a decent rate. I imagine it would still smart quite a bit, guess it would depend on what shoes she was wearing?

And she didn't move??? (5, Funny)

unsinged int (561600) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161481)

"I saw it fall from above roof height," Siobhan told BBC News Online.

And it hit her foot. Man, I see an unidentified object coming at me from above roof height and I'm getting out of the way. I'll figure out what it is later.

But then I guess no one would write about that...

Let's have a count... (5, Funny)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161482)

So far in the last year we've had:

- Mozilla 1.0 released

- A story on Slashdot about how a guy switched from Linux back to Windows, XP no less

- I got a girlfriend. (I'm man enough to admit that's not easy when you play with computers for a living)

- Nintendo launch two game systems plus a highly anticipated title ON TIME

- A girl getting hit by a meteorite

Yeesh. What a year.

How to get your photo in the news (5, Funny)

Myco (473173) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161483)

1. Get a rock
2. Say it's a meteorite that hit you on the foot.
3. BBC believes you, publishes goofy photo of you holding your "meteorite"
4. ???
5. Profit

Alternately, all your beowulf cluster of meteorite are belong to us.

Yeah, that should about cover it.

MOD THIS FUCKER DOWN, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161508)

havent we had enough yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161540)

geez

Re:How to get your photo in the news (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161599)

Now if you had just mentioned 9/11 somehow, I could have won SlashBingo on one foul swoop. Perhaps "Iraq testing meteorites as weapons of mass desctruction".

Other Nigh-infinitely Rare Occurances... (4, Funny)

Bonker (243350) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161485)

...Hillary Rosen or Jack Valenti mention that the mp3 format or P2P file-sharing networks may not be as evil as the dripping semen of Beelzebub. ...Stallman accidentally says 'Linux' in a moment of pique rather than 'Gnu/Linux'. ...The software or media industry creates an truly uncrackable format for copy-protecting the data on CD's ...Taco posts a story to the front page of Slashdot without a single spelling error on his part. ...Natalie Portman does not run screaming from anything that looks remotely like a nerd. ...A new Slashdot reader goes six months without perma-filtering JonKatz.

Katz... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161602)

Actually, I don't filter Katz... and I haven't seen anything from him in awhile.

Oh crap! We're jinxed now! There'll be something posted by him in less then 24 hours now!

Curse you!

JON KATZ IS DYING FROM AIDS. HE GOT IT FROM TACO. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161625)

How Much Would One of These be Worth? (1)

SalTerre (240065) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161490)

If it indeed turns out to be a genuine meteor, then how much is it worth?

I've looked all over google and google groups, hell, even ebay, but can't find a good answer.

Rocks from the sky (1)

Wierd Willy (161814) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161493)

I read about this a couple of days ago. I noticed the fact that the people at Durham University got ahold of it. She coulda gotten maybe $5,000 US for that rock.
Seems there is a rule amongst Astronomers that if you get hit by a meteorite, it belongs to you.
Just my two cents...

Re:Rocks from the sky (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161531)

Seems there is a rule amongst Astronomers that if you get hit by a meteorite, it belongs to you.

Or you belong to it. At least it might be kind enough to dig you a large grave for you while it owns you.

Insert "all your base" joke here.

no holes? (1)

zero2k (453777) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161497)

What speed was this meteorite travelling at? I am confused why there's no mention of holes in her foot or a little crater created on the grown... If I can through a pebble and cause dints and injure someone, this meteorite looks soft in comparison (what a pussy).

Re:no holes? (2)

Charles Dodgeson (248492) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161580)

If it's small (as it is), then the surface area to volumn ratio will be large enough so that it has a slow terminal velocity. No crater, no holes in feet. Drop a rock like that from a high building, and you are unlikely to harm anyone unless you get them in the eye.

Her looks attracted it (0, Flamebait)

Perdo (151843) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161499)

Ok, she's only 14.. She might eventually grow into that chin.

Not the first time . . . (2)

loraksus (171574) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161501)

I dunno, I somehow doubt this would be legit, I'd expect the asteroid to come out of the sky going a lot faster - hell, terminal velocity for a human body is like 400kph (could be mph / completely wrong), this thing would probably have a lot less drag and I'm sure that you wouldnt be able to see it fall. Any physics people want to correct me?
I wonder if this is like me holding quarters about a lighter for 30 seconds and throwing them in a crowd. . . not that I've ever done that. . .

I find it kinda cool that nobody (*in recorded history*) has ever been killed by a meteorite.
If you're bored, /. this guy's server and kill some asteroids.
http://www.brudirect.com/LighterSide/G ames/game%20 asteroid%20shower.htm

Re:Not the first time . . . (1)

who what why (320330) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161520)

The terminal velocity of a human body (skydiving) is more like 90mph. I expect a smooth rock might be a bit more. Depending on size, I'd expect it to hurt lots, but then she was probably wearing shoes.

Ever been hit by a cricket ball? I saw one bounce of my teacher's head once and he barely even blinked, and that must have been travelling at 50mph... I guess people are tougher than we look!

Re:Not the first time . . . (2)

Reziac (43301) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161572)

I would have also thought that a meteorite would plough into whatever it hit and bury itself, but maybe not. When I was about 8 years old, I found a meteorite laying on the grass in front of our house. It was the iron type and quite heavy for its size (a bit less than an inch across). Unfortunately, it got lost in a move a few years later. :(

In other weird stuff in the sky, a few years ago I happened to see an incoming meteor (magnesium by the brilliance) that in the few seconds it was visible, was large enough to show a disk to the naked eye, and it lit up the landscape about the same as would a major lightning strike. Good thing it burned up on the way down :)

BTW, there've been a few cases of people who fell off a building, and at least one who fell out of an airplane, and survived a long fall with minimal injuries. It's a bird.. it's a plane... *splat*

Re:Not the first time . . . (4, Interesting)

LMCBoy (185365) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161573)

I find it kinda cool that nobody (*in recorded history*) has ever been killed by a meteorite.

I always thought that too, but while googling for a picture of the Peekskill Meteorite car [nyrockman.com] , I stumbled on this page [branchmeteorites.com] , which shows at least three separate incidents where a person was killed by a meteorite. None have happened recently, though.

Have you hugged your air today? (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161587)

(* I'd expect the asteroid to come out of the sky going a lot faster - hell, terminal velocity for a human body is like 400kph *)

It is probably hard to say without more analysis of that particular rock. The atmosphere slows rocks down. How much the atmosphere slowed it depends on a lot of factors like its orginal speed, angle of entry, composition, shape, etc.

It is possible that it was falling at a regular "dropping" velocity once slowed to the minimum for the atmospheric drag. IOW, lost almost all of its "space" velocity.

Gotta love our atmosphere.

Terminal velocity (3, Informative)

ciurana (2603) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161622)

d00D,

Terminal velocity for an average human body is only about 110 mi/h, or about 175 km/h, give or take a few ds/dt. Maybe top off at 200 mi/h if you really try.

A meteorite might go a bit faster, provided it is somewhat round. It will also be rather hot due to friction.

I thought I'd share this with you.

Cheers!

E

Hehe, remember Joe Dirt? (1)

nice (144965) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161503)

Where he was carrying around that composite piece of crap that fell out of a passenger jet thinking it was a meteorite?

'nuff said.

:)

Possible, but unlikely. Abilation is key. (3, Informative)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161505)

From the article: .Noticing it was "quite hot", she showed it to her father Niel.

The problem with this is that meteors are not hot. See this link [spacescience.com] and this one. [thursdaysclassroom.com] From the first link:

Objects from space that enter Earth's atmosphere are -- like space itself -- very cold and they remain so even as they blaze a hot-looking trail toward the ground. "The outer layers are warmed by atmospheric friction, and little bits flake away as they descend," explains Yeomans. This is called ablation and it's a wonderful way to remove heat. (Some commercial heat shields use ablation to keep spacecraft cool when they re-enter Earth's atmosphere.) "Rocky asteroids are poor conductors of heat," Yeomans continued. "Their central regions remain cool even as the hot outer layers are ablated away."

And from the second:

Are asteroids hot or cold as they descend through Earth's atmosphere? (Level II, They are cold as they enter and remain so even as they blaze a hot-looking trail toward the ground. The outer layers are warmed by friction and little bits flake away as they descend.)

So I suppose it is part of abilated material if it is real, that would explain why it was hot. That would probably still make it a meteor. It might also explain why she still owns her foot.

ehh, that's not a meteorite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161512)

That's a wee bit of poo, that is. The lass is holding a WEE BIT OF POO!!

HA HA!!!

4. Profit! (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161513)


It is just this kind of mishap that will finally allow my Meteor Insurance business to take off.

northallerton (1)

alamut (122156) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161515)

my ex-wife is from there. i spent a lot of time there.

they'll do anything to be noticed. usually it involves stealing cars or beating up scarburough fans.

whatever. glad to be back in the us, where we have anti-meteor defense systems. or something.

MOD THIS FUCKER UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161524)

Humor is r0xor00r90r989e809r0r

bruce willis? (1)

dcstimm (556797) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161527)

Didnt he blow up a asteroid! not a small lille Meteorite, I hope she is ok, does the article mention if she was hurt? why didnt she move when the meteorite was heading right at her? It must have been easy to spot since it had to break into our atmosphere im sure it was coming fast but I think anyone could have dodged it.

Re:bruce willis? (1)

mlk (18543) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161605)

at a guess (due to things like gravity making the little rock go very very fast, and enter the atmastpher making it very very hot) she has lost her foot.

Oh great... (1)

kyletinsley (575229) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161530)

Oh great... first some pranksters are out there making crop circles in rural farmers' corn fields, making everyone speculate about the existance of aliens... and now some smart asses are heating up rocks and throwing them thru the air at people! Will this madness never stop?!

Before the vengeful hand of god smites me via your hand on the Troll-mod button, think about it for a second. A rock falls from EARTH ORBIT and hits her in the foot... and she 'NOTICES' it. Now IANARS (I ain't no fangled rocket scientist), but from what I've learned, small rocks falling from outer space burn up in a brief little fireball, and big rocks falling from outer space MAKE GIANT FUCKING HOLES IN THE GROUND. Not to mention kicking up rocks and dust all over the place and leaving a molten core behind that turns sand into glass at the impact point. But that didn't happen here did it? No, it just sort of "fell on her" and it was "quite hot"...

Maybe it fell from an airplane from a couple thousand feet. Or maybe some jackass threw it at her like I mentioned earlier. But it came from MARS? Uhhhh huhhh..... Yeah, so did this "Mr. Fusion" machine that fell out of the sky too. You dump beer and old banana peels into it, and it gives you enough power to travel back in time...

Re:Oh great... (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161549)

"Oh great... first some pranksters are out there making crop circles in rural farmers' corn fields, making everyone speculate about the existance of aliens... and now some smart asses are heating up rocks and throwing them thru the air at people!"

Don't you mean nerds without girlfriends?

Re:Oh great... (1)

kyletinsley (575229) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161639)

"Oh great... first some pranksters are out there making crop circles in rural farmers' corn fields, making everyone speculate about the existance of aliens... and now some smart asses are heating up rocks and throwing them thru the air at people!"

Don't you mean nerds without girlfriends?

Yeah, I'd think this was part of a new NASA program to get the public interested in space again, except that the plane tickets for sending 'staff' over to the limey island would have probably drained most of their budget...

Let's see:

  • 1 zippo lighter: $15 (we could get something cheaper, but hey we're trying to Start Something here)
  • 1 rock (free, Yes!)
  • 1 former high school football quarterback, whose hopes of NFL glory have long faded and is willing to accept a pitiful allowance for using his once golden arm: $200

=================
equals: Instant free publicity on BBC or CNN about a "lucky winner" who got hit by a space rock. People will be clamouring about, trying to find a way to increase their odds of winning the galactic lottery! Hell, they could even sell books about it to all the schmucks that buy those books about how to get rich quick... (Chapter 1: Write a Book About Getting Rich Quick and Sell It to Millions of Dumbasses). Sounds like a Better/Faster/Sheeper plan than what they've tried so far!

Caught a falling star (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161536)

Did she put it in her pocket?

Obligatory Simpsons reference? (1)

handsomepete (561396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161538)

(not terribly relevant, but what the hey - thanks to snpp.com)

Lisa: I can't believe that extra-thick layer of pollution that I've actually picketed against burned up the comet.
Bart: But what's really amazing, is that this is _exactly_ what Dad said would happen.
Lisa: Yeah, Dad was right.
Homer: I know, kids. I'm scared too!

heh, kill my karma and mod me flamebait (-1, Flamebait)

loraksus (171574) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161542)

But that is suprisingly good dental work for a brit!

suppose to be a serious matter of discussion? (1)

ddd2k (585046) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161546)

this is oddly more amusing than "man being hit by football" or the exploding manhole accidents... and also reminds me of diablo2...

I Blame Microsoft! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4161565)

Their .NET Strategy and Palladium plans are to blame. I'm not sure how M$ fits into this, but they are at fault.

That girl should turn over that rock over to DOJ for further examination.

profit... (1)

taernim (557097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161569)

Hmmm. After the fiasco with NASA going after the people who stole the moon rocks, maybe the girl can offset the pain of the meteorite strike by selling it on eBay?

Rusty? (1)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161600)

The girl says the rock was rusty on one side like it might contain iron. A meteorite fresh from space would not be rusty. And even a small rock like that would be going fast enough to sting more than a little if it hit your foot. I'm not buying this at all.

Huh? (5, Insightful)

kreyg (103130) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161601)

The stone could have come from Mars, according to expert on Earth impacts Dr Benny Peiser, of Liverpool John Moores University.

What was the purpose of this paragraph? It just comes out of nowhere, and the subject abruptly dropped. Is there some reason to believe it might be from Mars, rather than, say, anywhere else? Does it matter? Was the reporter concerned that the Martians were hurling rocks at little girls' feet?

It just struck me as though this reporter didn't have the faintest clue what they were reporting on, but remembered some buzz about meteors from Mars a few years back...

Gender bias? (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161603)

It was a girl. Hmmmm.

I have read that males are something like 3 times more likely to get hit by lightning than females.

One theory is that men are more likely to have outdoor jobs (ranger, cop, ditch digger, etc.)

Another theory is that men are too bull-headed to come in from storms.

She's 14! (1)

Mattygfunk1 (596840) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161604)

The young Miss Carlton notes: "This does not happen that often in Northallerton", no doubt the City of York is where most Meteorites land.


Pulling this quote from the article and attempting (very poorly I might add) to make fun of the girl's comments is pretty poor form.



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how is that possible (2)

tanveer1979 (530624) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161607)

Going by the standards of metiorites this one is *big* considering most are dust spec sized. But the fact is if such a metiorite comes to earh and hits it will burn a long long hole.
Now even if some argues that it was slowed down by air, still it could have a terminal verlocity of 120Lm/hr atleast and it would be damn hot. It would burn a hole right through her foot!
PRobably it is something else.

Stupid People... (1, Informative)

CyberBill (526285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161610)

The article says the object was "quite hot"... Well if they knew anything, they should know that the majority of all meteorites that fall to earth are COLD to the touch when they hit earth, do to the fact that they are 'burning' so fast when they enter the atmosphere that the heat doesnt transfer to the core of the meteor. And the part about rust being on the rock doesnt really make sense (to me atleast)... When an object comes in from outter space, the outside is heated and melted away, and by the time the NEW outside is showing, it has usually melted and cooled within a few seconds of falling, giving it a melted glassy almost golf-ball look, how could rust form in a few seconds?? And the whole thing about it being from Mars and crap, these people are RETARDED!! The rock could be from ANYWHERE. Only a small fraction are from Mars, and there is no way they can tell just by looking at it. They need to do some carbon dating or something like that. The 14yo girl is probably the butt of a joke by some 14yo boys, and is too stupid to realize. Now I could be wrong, that could be a piece of 2billion year old mars rock that fell, I'm not a professional meteorite examiner or anything, but c'mon... -CyberBill

This was my nightmare. . . (0, Flamebait)

MyHair (589485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161621)

I had a dream a couple of nights ago about a meteorite crashing through the roof of my room and smashing my server right through the RAID array.

Now I'm going to have more nightmares . . .

Well, at least the meteorite in my dream didn't hit the tape backups 6" away from my server. I would've only lost a few hours of data.

Man bites dog! (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4161626)

"In a related story, a man broke into a local astronomy museum and smashed the glass on the meteorite exhibits and started pounding the contents. Police said he was claiming retaliation for 'that poor little girl's foot'."

Promise you won't ask me to verify this story.

The dynosours are still pissed also, I bet.
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