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Meteorite Strikes Indian Village

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the failed-their-saving-throw dept.

Space 350

PS writes "The BBC is reporting that a village in eastern India was struck by a meteorite Saturday evening, wrecking several houses and injuring about twenty people. Fortunately, no one appears to have been killed by the impact or subsequent fires. CNN suggests that a second village near the impact site may have also been struck by part of the meteorite." Human/meteorite encounters are not entirely unheard of.

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First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Rectal Examination (711652) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080209)

In celebration of my divine existence!

Re:First Post! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080310)

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Are you the man on the pictures, how did you open your ass up that much?

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My Story (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080223)

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I stood up, but I was so afraid, I forgot to pull my pants up. My tiny cock was straight as an arrow and hard as a rock, pointing about two inches in front of me. It was quiet now as I walked toward the doorway, still shaking from fear. The room across the hall was dark, and the hallway in between was lit only by flickering lights on the ceiling. Because the company I work for was (and still is) nearly bankdrupt, there just wasn't enough money to replace the light bulbs.

Slowly I walked to the doorway and out into the hall. It was still dead quiet. I glanced to my left and then to my right. I couldn't see anyone in either direction, so I proceeded into the room opposite mine. The door was open and the intermittent light from the hallway provided the only illumination. There was no sign of anyone in the room from the little I could see.

Suddenly, the silence was broken by another grunt. This time, it was louder and I was sure it was coming from inside the room. The noise startled me, though, and I had already begun to shit myself. I wasn't wearing pants, so I can't really say I shit my pants. But the shit hung down from my asshole as I fumbled along the wall to find the light switch. Another grunt came, this time louder, and it startled me enough that some of my shit hit the floor. I was still shitting myself, though. The smell of fresh shit was usually refreshing to me, but I was so afraid I barely noticed.

Finally, after several seconds, I found the light switch on the wall. While the lights flickered on, I heard the same grunting noise, and was sure it was coming from my right. I looked in that direction and saw piles of dirty clothes along the wall and a closet. The closet door was closed. I was terrified, but I knew I had to inspect.

As I approached the closet, I heard the same noise again. My hand was shaking, but I fought the tremors and swung the door open. To my surprise, I saw Jeff bent over with his pants down. Jon was standing over him with his pants also off and his tiny penis was rock hard and covered with blood.

I was mad. I was furious. How could Jon be doing this with my boyfriend. In my anger, I blew my load all over the closet, and at the same time, let out a huge fart.

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He stood up with tears in his eyes from the pain. "But.. but.." He was stuttering and I didn't want to hear it.

"You're fired. Get out." I was still yelling in my angry geek voice.

He slowly walked out of the room with his head down. I turned back to Jeff who was hunched over in the closet watching. I stared at him intensly and the fear in his eyes was quite visible. I took his arm and stood him up. Then I bet him over across my thigh and reached back. I slapped his bare ass as hard as I could. He screamed. I slapped him again, just as hard, and he screamed louder.

I stepped back, and in a loud voice said, "that'll teach you not to cheat on me."

He stood up and stared at me in fear as I walked back to my room. I was furious, but quite pleased with myself. Dismissing Jon had saved my company three dollars. We now had enough money to afford a new asian male hooker for me.

Re:My Story (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080263)

bankdrupt

YOU'RE FIRED!

too bad nobody was killed (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080225)

India has too many people anyway. Most of them are worthless organisms whose only talents are eating, shitting, and breeding.

Re:too bad nobody was killed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080292)

whose only talents are eating, shitting, and breeding.

And writing software.

Re:too bad nobody was killed (-1, Flamebait)

Rectal Examination (711652) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080372)

Really says something about the American people if these guys can take all their jobs and perform them cheaper and better, huh?

Who killed more Indians than Custer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080458)

Why, it's Union Carbide! [essential.org] Haha, take that, jobtakeing Indian scumbags.

As chicken little said (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080226)

Oh no, the sky is falling, the sky is falling! :)

Re:As chicken little said (2, Funny)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080283)

Chicken Little?
I have no idea what that is.This could just as easily have been Asterix humour. ( the villagers fear nothing except for the sky falling on their heads)

Meteor my ass.. (3, Funny)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080231)

I can't believe Slashdot fell for such lies!
Have you missed the ground-shaking documentary called .... X-files?
Had you watched even parts of this research project you would know that this was a UFO crash site , cleverly disguised as a meteor crash.

I FAIL IT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080232)

Reason [goatse.cx] ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H[slashdot.org].

Interesting, eh?

Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080233)

A meteorite that hits outside the United States!! So the movies are inaccurate after all... you know, like how ID4, Deep Impact, etc. always seems to have outer space stuff hitting the States. ;)

Re:Finally (2, Funny)

tloh (451585) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080323)

Let's not forget that Tokyo is a prime destination also for extra-terrestrial visitors, living or otherwise. They're safe, though, since Godzilla always shows up to eliminate anything that happens to be threatening. Although the city usually....er, nevermind.

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080398)

Although the city usually....er, nevermind.

Come on! Tell us, what's up with Tokyo?

Isn't easy a hit in NY (0)

www.microsoft.com (671608) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080342)

India/United States
Poplutaion:1,014,003,817 / 275,562,673
Area (sq. Km):2,973,190 / 9,166,601
Density (persons per sq Km):341.0 / 30.1

always seems to have outer space stuff hitting the States
There is a lot of stuff hitting US.
But with such a hight density population it's more easy that a meteor hits a village in India than a American one.

Yeah but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080239)

Was it running Linux?

Re:Yeah but... (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080399)

"Was it running Linux?"

Shut up and just be grateful it wasn't a beowulf cluster.

KFG

its not western India (3, Informative)

Cowboy Bill (118730) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080241)

Its eastern India. Please Read article first. The article also goes on to say that the only living creature to be harmed by a meteor in recorded history was an Egyptian Dog which had the misfortune to be at the wrong place at the wrong time :-) . This happened in 1911 BTW.

Re:its not western India (1)

netsharc (195805) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080320)

Really? I can remember seeing a black and white photo of a lady who got a bruise on her stomach, because of a meteorite went through her roof and hit her.

Re:its not western India (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080362)

You are correct. A woman has been harmed by a falling space-rock.

Re:its not western India (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080416)

You are correct. A woman has been harmed by a falling space-rock.

So was she a dog or not? And Egyptian?

Re:its not western India (1)

aiabx (36440) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080440)

That was the only verified instance of a creature killed by a falling meteor. Numbers of people have been injured.
-aiabx

rob malda, dead at 27 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080246)

today tragedy struck the linux community, as rob malda was found unconscious in his apartment, apparently having died of a sudden heart attack.
funeral will be monday

Bongo drums? (0)

syberdave (658106) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080248)

Is that the aliens using the Earth as a giant bongo drum?

Re:Bongo drums? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080359)

They want to ping the other side of the universe maybe? :)

Terrified? (0, Flamebait)

Ceadda (625501) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080249)

So this rock that terrified all these multitudes of people.. was so small it took out, practically nothing? lol WOw, slow news day.

Good! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080251)

I can't stand those dirty, smelly, curry-infested dotheads.

Finally, The Almighty as smote the uncleanly!

Let's get this out of the way EARLY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080256)

"I, for one, welcome our new meteorite overlords."

Re:Let's get this out of the way EARLY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080335)

-1, Missing a chromosome

Western India. Doh! (3, Informative)

jpu8086 (682572) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080260)

BBC: "At least 20 people are reported to have been injured after a meteorite crashed to Earth in eastern India."

Brief summary after the headline.

It's eastern India. not western India. Does any one verify any stories over here?

I believe the standard response is... (4, Funny)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080284)

...you're new here, aren't you?

Ann Coulter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080334)

i hate ann coulter.

Oh, come on. You're a Slashdot geek. I know you'd do her if you had the chance.

Re:Ann Coulter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080364)

ewwwwwww....NO!

(since this is OT, i am posting anon)

Re:Ann Coulter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080431)

ann Coulter [whitehouse.org]

i had no idea who she was but google told meh

Re:Western India. Doh! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080408)

"It's eastern India. not western India. Does any one verify any stories over here?"

well its a site for americans, so it figures that their geographical knowledge is a tad sub par.

Slashdot ed#1: "east, west, well HOOOOIE!! thar be a might big world aut there i reck'n.. shucks if it aint America then who be given two hoots of a plate 'o' tobacy..."

slashdot ed#2: "yehaw! i'm go on daw'n to the fishen hole to dun get right an merry ma cuzin on ac'unt of that i be her baby fa'ather and all."

Slashdot ed#1: *Goes back to crying over little american flags* "I hope 'nother 911 special dun com' aun the TEE VEE tunite. YEEEE HAWWW its eith'r that er go throw sum o dem bricks at them towel headed freaks down'tun. that'll teach em to try and raise a family"

Sneaky Slashdot Editors (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080446)

It looks like the text was changed surrepticiously after comments have pointed this out.

It's pretty sneaky and dishonest how they make these revisions without an Update tag, or updating the timestamp.

Thus, it looks like those that complained were delusional or mistaken, when it was really the idiotic editor's fault.

It's no surprise to find that michael was the editor of this story. He is truly a despicable and untrustworthy character.

God must really be pissed.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080261)

After all, he's running out of things to smite people with...

He trys lighting and oops, lighting rods.
Then plague, antibiotics! Damm it!
Famine, damm it, they are flying in lobsters from Maine.

He had to resort the to old fire and brimstone.

Sending Aid (5, Insightful)

DWormed (711488) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080262)

Does anyone know if there are any charities accepting aid money yet? It would be nice to help.

At least after this mess is cleaned up, they will have something to tell the tourists. They can take solace in the fact that they aren't the new meteor crater.

Re:Sending Aid (4, Informative)

ghostlibrary (450718) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080332)

Actually, if they just gather the pieces of the meteorite and sell it, they'll have all the aid they need. An observed fall will sell for at least a dollar a gram, likely more.

Market it as "noticed fall, [date fell] [location]", it's a couple of bucks a gram to people who like to collect meteorites.

Market it as "chips of the man-slaying meteorite", and you could probably multiply that price by ten and sell it via Home Shopping Network. Ugh.

I wonder... (1)

Psychic Burrito (611532) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080264)

if meteor strikes in the real world look really like the ones in Armageddon [imdb.com] ? Fiery, a smoky trail, and everything bounces when they hit the ground...

Re:I wonder... (1)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080330)

They have to, where could they otherwise have gotten the idea from?

What's all this then? (-1, Flamebait)

Ubi_NL (313657) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080265)

Here I am thinking NASA & co was tracking everyhing bigger than a tennis ball in outer space. How come this thing just goes in without anyone noticing it? We've been swamped with news of some other meter which had like a 1^-1000000 chance to hit and this thing just charges in? WTF?

Re:What's all this then? (-1)

ieatfood (688716) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080300)

hehe, your signature is funny, "I am gay" hehe.

Re:What's all this then? (0)

arcanumas (646807) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080316)

Official NASA statement:
"Oops."

Re:What's all this then? (2, Insightful)

Leffe (686621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080366)

We're being hit by tennis ball sized meteors/meteorites(not sure which one is valid syntax in this case :/) all the time. They don't really do much unless they hit someone.

This meteorite in particular was probably 30cm wide or so, that's quite a lot, actually.

Re:What's all this then? (2, Interesting)

TekReggard (552826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080392)

Ugh. Tracking Everything? Ya right, if we still find texas sized objects that will end up flying within an astronomically small distance from earth in the next Decade, or Century for that matter, than there is no doubt there are things the size of a Volkswagon that are going to come very close to or hit earth and we have no idea yet. We can track all the space garbage and junk debris orbiting earth, but when a small or even large object moving at 64,000 mph (random number) is going to hit us, than it might never even show up on that "tracking" that NASA does of the earth orbit space debris. I mean seriously. You expect them to see something that was probably the size of a Volkswagon bug out there in space when its moving that fast? Theres a chance, but its slim. Although not as improbable as NASA being able to track "everything". Thats just downright crazy to assume at this point.

Re:What's all this then? (3, Informative)

vondo (303621) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080394)

They track small stuff like that in orbit where it endangers spacecraft.

There is NO way currently to track all the stuff that size in the solar system.

Re:What's all this then? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080397)

Actually, NASA does not track everything larger than a tennis ball. The U.S. space command (part of the air force) tracks most things larger than a tennis ball in low Earth orbit . If this came from interplanetary space there is almost no chance to see it. There are search programs going on, but right now they cover only the northern hemisphere, and with a size down to about 100 meters in diameter. The Australian government recently slashed funding for the only southern-hemisphere search.

So in fact, it is quite possible that a dinosaur-killer could hit New York tomorrow and wipe us all out, and we would have NO warning. Thank your government for their lack of foresight for that.

Re:What's all this then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080410)

More proof, if proof be needed, that NASA are nought but a bunch of posers.

Re:What's all this then? (3, Insightful)

Captain Nitpick (16515) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080421)

Here I am thinking NASA & co was tracking everyhing bigger than a tennis ball in outer space.

You thought wrong.

Nearly everything in low Earth orbit is tracked, because of the threat to satellites and manned spacecraft. But no organization has the resources set aside to track everything in the solar system.

If you want to try finding every rock the size of a beach ball in the entire volume of the solar system, be my guest.

How come this thing just goes in without anyone noticing it?

You really haven't been paying attention, have you?

The standard cliche is that the number of people looking for these things is smaller than the number of people working at your average McDonald's. You want these rocks found, you convince your government to spend the money to do it.

We've been swamped with news of some other meter which had like a 1^-1000000 chance to hit and this thing just charges in?

Firstly, it was an asteroid, not a "meter".

Secondly, we got swamped with that news because the media is stupid.

Re:What's all this then? (3, Insightful)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080468)

Here I am thinking NASA & co was tracking everyhing bigger than a tennis ball in outer space. How come this thing just goes in without anyone noticing it?

Space is big. It's impossible to track everything bigger then a tennis ball. NASA does try to track some objects that are in orbit, but they NASA never claimed to be tracking "everything".

We've been swamped with news of some other meter which had like a 1^-1000000 chance to hit and this thing just charges in?

Don't confuse NASA with the Media coverage of NASA. NASA has reported other important finds which were not covered by the media. This one story was blown out of proportion.

The media thinks you're obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial, Ben & Jen, Laci Peterson, Princess Di, etc.

"This post was brought to you by 'McDonalds: Our Food tastes horrible and makes you fat, but it's cool!' ... and by ... 'The Department of Homeland Security: Your safety is important to us. Now, stop asking hard questions.'"

Wake up mods (4, Interesting)

freeweed (309734) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080471)

First of all, neither NASA, nor anyone else at the moment, has the capability to track "everyhing bigger than a tennis ball in outer space". That would number in the trillions, if not many, many, many orders of magnitude more. Current tracking systems handle all the junk in Earth orbit, and anything HUGE that we've picked up *so far*.

As for why we get news of something with a remote chance of hitting Earth - that's because these objects are typically hundreds, if not thousands of metres across. If one of these hit, it would kill millions of people, and possibly wipe out most macroscopic life as we know it. That's why you hear about them.

What landed in India was a few inches across at best, or you wouldn't see "20 people injured, no deaths". And detecting even a tiny fraction of the things in space at that size is well nigh impossible. Meteors of this size hit the planet all the time, but almost always land in remote areas.

Not Western India (0, Redundant)

sunilonline (609351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080268)

Look at the colorful map courtesy of BBC. Orissa is clearly on the right side of the map!

Armageddon (1)

hhg (200613) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080269)

Oh Bruce, Where Arth Thou?

Re:Armageddon (1)

baywulf (214371) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080289)

Interestingly enought the F/X channel is playing Armageddon today.

directions (-1)

ieatfood (688716) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080271)

looks like someone can't tell directions.

I, for one, (1, Funny)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080273)

welcome our meteorite overlords, and would like to remind them that as a trusted hindu diety I could be useful in rounding up other hindus to toil away in their underground space mines.

Relax everyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080276)

It was just another UN Resolution getting shot down

Be thankful (2, Informative)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080277)

A meteorite of not much larger mass could have caused far more widespread destruction. I could be off on my facts here, but I remember reading about a similar event taking place in Russia, devastating several many acres of open forest. Should it have impacted a city, the city would have been leveled. Granted we're all familiar with the meteorite impact apocalypse prospect, all I'm saying is it could be worse. I wonder how many other life forms or even civilizations have evolved on other planets that were completely obliterated because of stellar impacts. Something to fear.

Re:Be thankful (2, Funny)

JVert (578547) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080367)

So what your saying is Tesla is alive and well conducting experiments [germano.com] in india?

Re:Be thankful (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080385)

You have it backwards, it was Soviet Russia that impacted on a meteor.

Re:Be thankful (2, Funny)

Kethinov (636034) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080449)

You have it backwards, it was Soviet Russia that impacted on a meteor.
There is some truth to that statement despite the reference to the cliched joke. After all, Earth and all contries on it are a moving body. ;)

Re:Be thankful (2, Interesting)

r_cerq (650776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080453)

Yeap. It was in Tunguska, Siberia, June 1908. IIRC, if it had happened a few hours later, and due to Earth's rotation, it would have leveled Moscow.
But small ones such as this happen rather frequently; in October 1992, there was one hitting NY, but the only thing it damaged was... a parked car's trunk :)

Measurements (1)

abulafia (7826) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080462)

I could be off on my facts here [...] devastating several many acres of open forest.

For those of us who know we don't have the facts straight, could you enlighten us on how much a many is?

Re:Be thankful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080474)

You are wrong in your facts. The Tunguska incident is thought to have been a small comet that exploded in the air, leaving almost no debris on the ground.

Any... (3, Funny)

Gortbusters.org (637314) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080286)

super powers from the meteorite yet? =D

Re:Any... (0)

loosewing (708839) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080405)

"a village in eastern India was struck by a meteorite Saturday evening, wrecking several houses and injuring about twenty people."

Ah yes, lest us never forget the dangers of outsourcing to india.

Re:Any... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080417)

No. The idea of gaing superpowers from a meteorite is so ubsurd, it barley warrants a reply.

--Capt. Meteorite

Imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080297)

if a Beowulf cluster of them had hit the village.

You thought it, but only I had the courage to say it.

What if it had hit... (2, Funny)

MongooseCN (139203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080298)

..a US senators house? Would NASA's funding for astroid impact studies double?

No way!! (2, Funny)

Neutral23 (711400) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080301)

I thought the US government had hired Bruce Willis to take care of these meteorite thingies? Did he not manage to blow this one up in time? If not, did he survive the impact? Please, I need to know if Bruce is gonna be ok!!?!

Obligatory Simcity Reference (2, Funny)

casings (257363) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080306)

.. then there was a tornado, and a flying saucer, and even a giant robot smashing the vast ammounts of constructions of huts, the mayor was reportedly quoted as saying "weaknesspays" as he rebuilds the village into a vast empire.

Repent, for the end is at hand... (1)

Jin Wicked (317953) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080309)

Flooding, earthquakes in Japan, drought, giant hurricanes on the east coast, fire... and now meteors devastating small villages.

I'm kidding about the end of the world, but has it seemed to anyone else that there's been an unusually high occurance of natural disaster in the last year or so? Maybe it's just me.

Happened in New Orleans last week (3, Informative)

sinjayde (661825) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080322)

I read in the local paper [spokesmanreview.com] (link about half way down - reg required) that the same thing also happened in New Orleans this week. The meteorite, which looked like a snady colored rock containing minerals commonly found in meteorites (tested at Tulane University) punched a hole through Ray Fausset's roof and two floors before coming to rest in the crawl space beneath the house, as reported.

I, for one... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080324)

...hope it landed on an outsourced call center.

In other news . . . (1)

pariahdecss (534450) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080325)

The stainless steel artificial knee of Harry S. Stamper was found just two miles from the point of impact . . .

Hint: Rockhound had to take me to Taipei to buy some Tampax(R) and then he had to show me how to use them.

Yes I have no life

This just in: meteor misses sacred cow...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080326)

This just in: meteor misses sacred cow....film at 11.

Slow news - time for a cliche (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080333)

Wow! Imagine if that had hit a beowulf cluster.

Orissa gets it again (4, Informative)

jpetts (208163) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080336)

This comes just a couple of years after the flood in Orissa [bbc.co.uk] . Wonder what the Orissans have done to piss off Jesus/Allah/Krishna so much?

Re:Orissa gets it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080401)

It's not just Orissa. It's India in general.

Here [8bm.com] is a good site that talks about it.

Oh, the irony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080340)

I hope everyone realises that if this had struck Iraq and had "Made in Amnerika" stamped on the side the media would be calling this a liberation.

awww (1)

mantera (685223) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080343)


The only recorded fatality from a meteor was an Egyptian dog that had the bad luck to be in the wrong place at the wrong time in 1911. Seven decades later, scientists recognised the dog had been struck by a meteorite from Mars.

poor doggie :-\ ... struck down by a mean meteorite.

I just wonder how they knew in 1911 what it was that hit him.

Re:awww (1)

DarthWiggle (537589) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080423)

Yeh, especially since everyone was in black & white back in those days. And they walked really fast.

And they'd never heard of a thing called space. :P

*grumble-kids-grumble...

Slashdot jokes (2, Funny)

identity0 (77976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080344)

Okay, before everyone else posts one of those stupid Slashdot in-jokes... Please post them as replies to this post.

In Soviet Russia, all your asteroid are belong to India!
Imagine a beowulf meteor shower of naked and petrified Natalie Portmans Slashdotting India!
"Where's the BitTorrent link?"

and last but not least...
Darl McBride: "We have good evidence that Indian villagers are stealing our intellectual property to the UNIX system encoded in million-year-old rocks... evidence will be presented shortly. In Sanskirt."

Re:Slashdot jokes (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080432)

In india, all your meteors belong to the slushy machine.

Please come again.

Re:Slashdot jokes (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080445)

I, for one, welcome our redundant joke managing overlords.

dude! (0, Redundant)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080345)

Somebody call Bruce Willis, quick!

In follow up news... (4, Funny)

AJWM (19027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080353)

The name of the east Indian village translates as "Smallville".

Now we're even outsourcing meteor strikes! (3, Funny)

brodin (200847) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080377)

At least I can get behind outsourcing natural disasters. I'm sure other folks [meteorcrater.com] won't like it though.

Maybe this meteorite was actually (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080382)

a giant ball of consitpated goose shit.

IT Jobs (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080403)

I guess IT jobs aren't the only thing heading to India now!

Info on the subject (1)

Erick the Red (684990) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080422)

Human/meteorite encounters are not entirely unheard of.

Here's [amazon.com] a documentry of the aftermath of a more serious encounter.

In other news... (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080424)

6 villagers got trampled by a wild herd of journalists and scientists rushing to the place of accident.

Chicago Field Museum has some good meteor examples (5, Interesting)

stompro (24721) | more than 10 years ago | (#7080429)

I was at the Field Museum this past week and got a real kick out of the meteor exhibits. They had several large metalic meteors that were out in the open free to touch. Putting my hand on it and thinking about it flying though space, to be rudely blocked by the planet earth. It wasn't it's fault that there was some stupid planet in the way... Anyway, they also had several examples of meteorites hitting houses. In once case it went through the guys garage, through his car and bounced off the cars muffler, ending up sitting on the car seat. Another one took out a guys gutter. The pictures are pretty funny, all the guys looked pretty pissed off, but it was in the 20s or 30s, maybe people didn't smile back then.
Field Museum Meteor collection [fieldmuseum.org]

Precision Bombing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080465)

Seven decades later, scientists recognised the dog had been struck by a meteorite from Mars.

I'd be careful not to piss off any Martians. Wonder what the dog did to them...

If it was running linux... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080477)

If the meteorite was running Linux, there would have been far fewer injuries. For all industrial grade, mission critical meteorite applications, there is no other alternative.

When will people run that Windows XP is a shitty OS???

A meteor like the one on Temple of Doom? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080481)

Does this mean that those villagers will have more magic-meteor-stones like the one on Temple of Doom?

Great Chicago Fire: Not by Mrs. O'leary's cow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7080482)

Some years ago I saw a special on PBS about a small town near Chicago that was also wiped out by fire, with great loss of life, on the same day as the great chicago fire. Reports of the small town's destruction via firestorm sounded very much like a sub-atomic blast (whose effects would be very similar to a comet or meteorite strike). I was struck by the coincidence and still wonder about the natural conclusion. Anyone else see the program or know the town's name? I came up empty on Google, but don't know what query to ask. (The answer must be 42)
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