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3 Ton Meteorite Stolen

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the now-in-frat-boys-basement dept.

Space 273

morpheus83 writes "Russian news agency Interfax is reporting that thieves have stolen a three-ton meteorite from the yard of the Tunguska Space Event foundation, whose director said it was the part of meteor that caused a massive explosion in Siberia in 1908. The massive three tonne rock was bought to Krasnoyarsk after an 2004 expedition to the site of the so-called Tunguska event- a mysterious mid air explosion over Siberia in 1908 was 1,000 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The foundation's director Yury Lavbin claimed to have discovered the wreckage of an alien spacecraft during the expedition."

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I am thinkink.... (5, Funny)

spookymonster (238226) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213611)

....vas Moose and Squirrel?

Re:I am thinkink.... (5, Funny)

Spudtrooper (1073512) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213643)

No, obviously the rock was made of kryptonite, which leads to one prime (bald) suspect...

Re:I am thinkink.... (5, Funny)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214053)

No, obviously the rock was made of kryptonite, which leads to one prime (bald) suspect...

Look, I know he's Slashdot's favorite whipping boy, but would it be possible to leave Ballmer out of just one discussion!?

Re:I am thinkink.... (3, Funny)

camusflage (65105) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214253)

Look, I know he's Slashdot's favorite whipping boy, but would it be possible to leave Ballmer out of just one discussion!?

Nope. Not Ballmer. My money's on Karl Rove. This rock of kryptonite dissappears and he resigns? Well, isn't that con-VEEEEEEEEEEEn-ient? His reason of "spending more time with my family" rings completely hollow, as one has to have a soul to enjoy family, and according to Wikipedia, Rove sold his in a deal to get a SECOND term for GWB. More likely, he's going to be using it in a plot to taint consumer products to cause tree huggers, gays, strict constitutionalists, and other riff raff to keel over. My spidey senses tell me so.

Re:I am thinkink.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214531)

WRONG!

Re:I am thinkink.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213763)

So... some yahoos with minimal equipment can steal a 3 ton meteorite, but we can't get miners out of a coal mine?

Huh?

Re:I am thinkink.... (3, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213995)

It takes time to move thousands of tons of rock, even with the best equipment. Especially if you're interested in not causing further cave-in. I mean, we could nuke the mine, and get down to the miners no problem. But their odds of survival would be considerably lower using this strategy.

Damn this thing is heavy.... (0)

realsilly (186931) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213621)

and sharp too.

Re:Damn this thing is heavy.... (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213717)

and sharp too.

Not to be picky, but its probably fairly smooth, due to the melting going through the atmosphere. Admittedly I haven't seen a picture of the thing, since the site is not responding.

Re:Damn this thing is heavy.... (1)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213777)

and sharp too. Not to be picky, but its probably fairly smooth, due to the melting going through the atmosphere. Admittedly I haven't seen a picture of the thing, since the site is not responding.
Not to be picky back, but if you were to take a smooth thing and slam it on the ground realy hard, there is a reasonable change of getting sharp bits...

Re:Damn this thing is heavy.... (1)

realsilly (186931) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213839)

I've already had it cut down so it will fit on some nice jewerly....

It make me radiate with bling....

In other news... (1)

i_liek_turtles (1110703) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213631)

A local teenager, who spent most of his time in the basement reading Slashdot, was kidnapped.

How? (5, Interesting)

lanceleader (1050398) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213641)

How could someone steal a 3 tonne meteorite? I don't really see how the theft happened unnoticed.

Re:How? (1)

LindaMack (1134133) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213689)

You obviously haven't heard of my previous work

--
Why, let's just say I do the dirty work for the other side, no matter what side you're on

79 more days 'til Halloween, Silver Shamrock (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214209)

You obviously haven't heard of my previous work
What, stealing on of the Stonehenge stones [imdb.com] ?

"Ha ha. We had a time getting it here. You wouldn't believe how we did it."

Re:How? (1)

ArcadeX (866171) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213789)

How is easy, could either use a crane on a heavy duty utility truck, or even a wench to get it up on a trailer if it's already on a sled, or has a relatively flat bottom. A bulldozer can way more than that, and they manage to move them with broken tracks. As far as the unnoticed part goes, I can't make any comments on the security of the place, but it wouldn't be a stretch to see something like that just put in a yard somewhere without a 24hr gaurd or camera system...

Re:How? (5, Funny)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213909)

or even a wench to get it up on a trailer

Oh, good grief, I'll just let the mispelling be the joke in and of itself...

Re:How? (1)

ArcadeX (866171) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214295)

hm. I guess that having a 10 ton wench on your truck would be a pretty scarry thing...

Re:How? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214451)

in soviet Russia, abnormal sex chromosomed super-female wench makes meteorite vanish.

Re:How? (1)

nebulus4 (799015) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213805)

Simple. Nobody in their right mind would suspect that someone could and would steal a three tonne meteorite. Therefore, even if they were noticed nobody would report it.

Re:How? (5, Funny)

shotgunefx (239460) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214069)

I dunno, I remember a Cajun restaurant around the corner had a really cool giant wood alligator sculpture crawling out of the side of the building.

About 15 ft up, It was about 7 to 8ft long and weighed probably near 1000 pounds with the mount. Steel cables attaching it to the building amongst other things.

One Sunday, a few guys showed up with a cherry picker and somehow detached, lowered it and carted it off. More than a few people saw it, but people just assumed they must be ok to cart it off, because who would steal a giant wooden alligator in the middle of the day?

Re:How? (3, Insightful)

Falstius (963333) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214073)

If someone can steal a swimming pool full of water [cnn.com] out of a backyard, one big rock out of a mostly ignored storage yard should be pretty easy.

Re:How? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214101)

Well, I don't think that that was actually the case. You see, if you read the article carefully, you can see that the author has a problem with stinkkking blackkk fruit bats eating his watermelons and fried chicken. Furthermore, in premodern societies, including ancient Greece and premodern Japan, anal sex was associated with male-male paederastic relationships. Manuscripts and art from those periods depict anal sex as the main or only sexual activity that occurred in such relationships. In modern times, particularly in Western cultures, anal sex has been popularly associated with gay and bisexual men. In particular, anal sex has been associated with the spread of HIV, especially in early years of the discovery of the disease. This resulted in gay bathhouses in some American cities being shut down by public-health authorities. Among gay men who have anal sex, some consistently take the top (insertive) or bottom (receptive) role, but this is not always the case: some men who have anal sex act as both top and bottom at different times. This is known as "versatile" or "switch". Poop.

Re:How? (1)

Himring (646324) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214139)

"I would not want to be a manufactured home repo man. Those would be hard to sneak away. Knock knock knock - 'Hi, could you go cut your grass... then look that way for half an hour?'" - Mitch Hedberg

RIP Mitch

Re:How? (1)

alexj33 (968322) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214307)

On a similar vein, how can a prisoner mail himself out of prison? (This actually happened in April of 2006)

Spizdili! (1)

yoprst (944706) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214333)

3 tonnes? Being Russian, I don't see a problem here. The real question is why have they done it. Who's gonna buy it?

Re:How? (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214453)

Vodka my friend.

I lost a toothbrush at the weekend and i didnt notice it.

Wreckage (5, Insightful)

necro81 (917438) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213645)

If they were able to bring a 3-ton meteorite out of the tundra to the foundation headquarters, why couldn't they have managed to bring back even a scrap of the supposed alien wreckage?

Re:Wreckage (2, Insightful)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213875)

Maybe the alien ship wreckage was the meteorite?

Re:Wreckage (3, Funny)

fr4nk (1077037) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214127)

And maybe it wasn't stolen but managed to flew away after the crew repaired it for nearly a century!

Re:Wreckage (1)

cloudwilliam (517411) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214385)

And maybe its crew called it Yonada. And it was hollow. And one of them touched the sky.

Re:Wreckage (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214079)

The wierd physics of the alien spacecraft made anyone who got too close melt ala ROTLA.

Because it would not have been a very wise idea? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214195)

> If they were able to bring a 3-ton meteorite out of the tundra
> to the foundation headquarters, why couldn't they have managed
> to bring back even a scrap of the supposed alien wreckage?

Because it would not have been a very wise idea?

You need to read up on the literature:

http://www.shnaresys.com/roadside/picnic/parallel. htm [shnaresys.com]

or at least watch the film:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalker_(film) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Wreckage (1)

skiflyer (716312) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214291)

What's that have to do with the price of tea in China?

I believe the concept is same as Roswell and all the other UFO conspiracy nuts... the gov't didn't want it to be public, not couldn't manage to make it so.

Re:Wreckage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214365)

It was probably stolen first; after all it was more valuable.

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along. (1)

VisceralLogic (911294) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213647)

Gosh... they stole slashdot, too?

Please, end the meme (2, Insightful)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213651)

No more "in Soviet Russia" jokes. They're not funny.

Well, except maybe "I, for one, welcome our new asteroid stealing overlords from Soviet Russia."

Re:Please, end the meme (-1, Redundant)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213687)

In Soviet Russia, meme thinks of you!

Re:Please, end the meme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214427)

Moderation -2
    50% Redundant
    50% Overrated

Mod score -2
    One Captain Obvious
    One Cowardly Metamod Dodger

Re:Please, end the meme (1, Redundant)

Liquidrage (640463) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213793)

In Soviet Russia memes end YOU.


No really!

For example (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213911)

Boom! Head shot! [wikipedia.org]

Re:Please, end the meme (5, Funny)

Wavicle (181176) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213905)

In Soviet Russia, Asteroid-stealing Overlords welcome you!

In Soviet Russia... (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214173)

...the joke is on YOU!!!

what (4, Funny)

JamesRose (1062530) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213657)

the aliens have turned up to take it back claiming we store it?!!?! Liers!

Re:what (1)

Tuoqui (1091447) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213711)

Maybe it's Alien DRM? Like the wreckage pieces decided they spent enough time on earth and went flying to outer space?

If only they were (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213659)

in soviet russia, the 3-ton meteorite would've stolen the thieves.

Unsolved? (4, Funny)

moehoward (668736) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213679)


My current understanding of the Tunguska event was that there were still at least three really good potential theories and that they were still researching. Asteroid, meteorite, etc.

Anyway, glad to see the Aliens got their rock back. No tin-foil-hat-wearing clown should own Alien property. If my car parks on an ant hill, the ants suddenly don't own my car. And this guy had no right to "own" that rock. This guy has got to get a clue regarding species relations.

Re:Unsolved? (2, Informative)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213761)

Yeah, I have to call BS on their claim it was part of the big explosion, since it is currently commonly thought that it was an air-burst event which would not leave a 3-ton object behind. If this rock was really from the event, I'm pretty sure the mystery would be solved, which it isn't.

Re:Unsolved? (3, Informative)

jafiwam (310805) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214373)

Well, there IS a group that has picked out a "potential crater" that went previously unrecognized that has done some expeditions and drilling in the lake to see if they can establish this for sure.
Apparently their idea is a large stony or iron object was the cause of the blast, but part of it made a big divot in the landscape downrange. Because of the nature of the ground, it didn't look like a crater, more like someone sticking a broom handle in the mud. (Cracks and a hole, not ejecta, rim and round hole.) I think the link came from Slashdot or Fark.

But, based on surveys of the rest of the area looking for stony or iron debris have not found much.

So I call "Typical Russian BS" on this as well.

It would be a HUGE discovery to have pegged the event with some physical remains, that's a popular subject amongst science-geeks, conspiracy theorists and Slashdot.

For something to have been sitting in a museum (not studied?!) for three years and not noticed makes this look like insurance fraud more than anything else.

Re:Unsolved? (1)

sveard (1076275) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213809)

Asteroid, meteorite, etc.

A meteorite is a natural object originating in outer space that survives an impact with the Earth's surface without being destroyed. While in space it is called a meteoroid.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteorite [wikipedia.org] , and:

A meteoroid is a small sand to boulder-sized particle of debris in the Solar system. Larger than that, the object is an asteroid; smaller than that, it is interplanetary dust. The current official definition of a meteoroid from the International Astronomical Union is "A solid object moving in interplanetary space, of a size considerably smaller than an asteroid and considerably larger than an atom or molecule."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteoroid [wikipedia.org] Don't think a meteorite/meteoroid can cause an explosion a 1000 times more powerful than Hiroshima.. Can it?

Re:Unsolved? (3, Informative)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213901)

Depends how fast it is moving. There's been research into using ballistics instead of nuclear because you can do more damage while leaving no fallout. You just have to accelerate something really really fast.

Yes, I have a response (2, Funny)

Knara (9377) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213685)

"Uh, what?"

322 (0)

dattaway (3088) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213691)

Its now in a secret room in the Skull and Bones temple.

uh-oh (0)

John Boone (1127977) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213693)

There goes the Kryptonite...

Prime Suspect: (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213709)


the world's largest crime syndicate [whitehouse.org] posing as the U.S. government has
defrauded taxpayers of billions of U.S. dollars.

that this crime has been committed with the approval of Congress: priceless.

I hope this helps the return of the meteorite.

Patriotically,
Kilgore Trout

Re:Prime Suspect: (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214303)

the world's largest crime syndicate [whitehouse.org]
And yet it's a non-profit .organization? Who's running it: Robin Hood?

Sought for questioning (5, Funny)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213719)

Sought for questioning: Bald White Man, Tall, with typical evil genius features. Last heard uttering the phrase "I know how to stop Superman!"

Re:Sought for questioning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213977)

Karl Rove? ;)

Blame Yury (1)

Howitzer86 (964585) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213737)

I'm betting that the Director stole it. To claim that he found an alien space craft, he must either be lying or insane.

Re:Blame Yury (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214471)


Either those, or he found an alien spacecraft. One of the three...

Cry Wolf? (1)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213739)

How do you have a 6000 pound rock stolen?

It's not like you can stick it in your pocket and walk away, even if you are that Russian boxer dude that killed Apollo Creed......

The foundation's director Yury Lavbin claimed to have discovered the wreckage of an alien spacecraft during the expedition.
And the article goes on to say that it just disappeared. (I'm not clear if it was the spaceship or the rock..... or maybe the rock was the spaceship....) Damn, and we were so close to proving the Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are real.......

Tunguska Event (3, Informative)

karlmiller (470975) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213757)

Wikipedia: Tunguska Event [wikipedia.org]

Obvious (2, Funny)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213759)

The US military used their stealth helicopter technology (enhanced with alien technology) to airlift the meteor out in the middle of the night. Otherwise, someone would have eventually discovered the alien artifacts embedded deep within the meteor.

I can't believe such an obvious answer hasn't been expressed yet.

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(This is funny, I promise.)

New terrorist plot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213773)

Come on I can't believe nobody thought about this! Bring the 3 ton meteorite back INTO space, then launch it back at NYC for plus terrorist delights!

WANTED FOR QUESTIONING: LEX LUTHER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213785)

Because, if any human being was gonna perpetrate such a fantastic hoax, it would have been me!

BadAstronomy has covered it already... (5, Informative)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213797)

In short, this news is bullshit. Not a single meteorite remain from Tunguska event has been found.

http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/08/12/thie ves-steal-giant-rock/ [badastronomy.com]

Re:BadAstronomy has covered it already... (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213893)

Not a single meteorite remain from Tunguska event has been found.

That's right. It was just a weather balloon. Move along, nothing to see here tovarich.

That's not a spaceship... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213813)

That's my ass!

Useless (4, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213823)

Someone tell the thieves that no matter how many walls they cross with it in England, the rock won't turn into Claire Danes, er, Yvaine.

Yeah right. (3, Insightful)

dtml-try MyNick (453562) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213843)

To my best knowledge it was never cleared up what exactly caused the accident in the first place..

And now, almost a 100 years later, we suddenly get to hear that they lost a 3 ton meteor (how the hell do you lose a 3 ton rock?) and oh yeah, btw, that was the meteor that caused the incident!....
No worries, we had it lying in our backyard all the time, never felt a urge or saw the reason to let the rest of the world know....

Yeah, right.

Re:Yeah right. (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214151)

(how the hell do you lose a 3 ton rock?)

We lost Iraq, not 'a rock'.

It turns out it was just a bad cellular connection.

Well, have you seen scrap metal prices? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213845)

I thought no meteoritic material was recovered from the Tunguska event [wikipedia.org] ?

Whatever the stolen item was, I doubt it was worth much, scientifically-speaking, and it was probably stolen for the metal, which would be worth something. It wouldn't surprise me if it was a piece of debris from a Russian rocket launch (the Tunguska area is downrange).

Stranger than fiction? (1)

Stavr0 (35032) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213863)

Wow this reads like the opening lines of a cheesy horror flick. Next thing you know, Russia will be overtaken by Siberian Space Zombies.

It's the ooze, stupid (3, Funny)

krou (1027572) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213919)

Wait a second, it's all so much clearer now.

Obviously, Yury didn't bring the alien ship back because he himself is possessed, and the alien-Yury decided it would be much smarter to bring the meteorite back and tell a few oligarchs that it was filled with oil! Yes! So they go and steal it for their own ends, but they'll all get possessed, and the black ooze will be walking in the corridors of Russian power. And all this when there is talk of a new Cold War developing with the West.

Coincidence? I think not.

The joke's on us (5, Funny)

Blobule (913778) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213933)

I think someone is Putin us on!!

maybe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213937)

They should check their neighbor and his new gravel driveway.

The problem is (3, Interesting)

Bryan Bytehead (9631) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213941)

the whole thing is fake.

They haven't recovered anything from that blast, let alone a 3 ton meteorite.

Re:The problem is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214047)

Not quite. It is possible that there was in fact a 3 ton hunk of rock from SOMEWHERE that was actually stolen. That's the question. Is it a complete hoax from a to z, or was there at least real shenanigans going on with an existent rock? My sniff-ometer says could be an attempt to invent a rock that never existed by claiming it was stolen. Was this rock on display to visitors to the museum? Has anyone seen it?

Think about it (1)

c00rdb (945666) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213965)

If someone stole it, wouldn't it be pretty easy to follow the trail it must've left? I'm calling BS on this.

how? (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213969)

How is it even possible to have a 3 ton chunk of rock left over after it exploded 800+ feet in the air? It would have either sluffed-off in plasma form when coming through the atmosphere or been turned to dust in the explosion. 3 ton Tunguska meteorite? I don't think so. Hoax.

Incompetent alien drivers! (1)

Peter Trepan (572016) | more than 7 years ago | (#20213989)

You'd think a vastly advanced alien civilization would produce better spaceship pilots - but it seems like everyone who has ever visited has crashed in some area too secluded for witnesses.

Perhaps their disproportionately bulbous guitar pick-shaped heads crumple atop their spindly bodies when they enter Earth's gravity well.

Re:Incompetent alien drivers! (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214109)

I bet they were high on space cocaine.

Re:Incompetent alien drivers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214507)

Nope, it was Arcturian Megaweed [joltcountry.com]

Steve Gutenberg and Wilford Brimley stole it, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20213997)

and soon they're going to give it to Brian Dennehy no doubt.

Darn it... (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214009)

Now that it's all over /. I can't sell it on E-Bay anymore!

Anyway, I heard of this shady bidding site http://localhost.localdomain/ [localhost.localdomain] ...3T meteorite, bids starting at $100...

Re:Darn it... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214235)

Man, can you imagine what it will cost to ship _that_?

(Actually, it'll probably be one of those damned "local pickup only" auctions)

Did they find... (1)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214033)

MEGATRON???????

In other News (1)

supersky (988899) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214035)

....Russian Scientists have newly discovered a 3-ton metorite that seems to suddenly landed in their yard B of the Tunguska.

Quick! (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214051)

Get Mulder and Scully out of retirement!

And don't step in any of that oily stuff.

Why you chain up your $500Million lawn ornament (4, Interesting)

veranikon (202025) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214105)

Despite prevailing suspicions that a group of mutant little girls whizzed off with the rock to build their Help-the-Town-and-Make-It-a-Better-Place machine, don't forget that meteorite rock is pretty scarce, and can fetch a pretty penny/ounce.

Martian Meteorites have sold for $85k/ounce [spacetoday.org] , and this source [redsofts.com] claims $3600/troy ounce for more garden variety space rocks. This is more valuable than gold, platinum, maybe comparable to Rhodium.

So, (3tonnes = 128,602.986troy ounces)*$3600/ounce = $467 Million, just sitting around in your backyard. No chain, or Kryptonite lock, or even post-it note saying "please don't steal." Just asking for trouble from the neighbor kids, they were.

Re:Why you chain up your $500Million lawn ornament (1)

MeBot (943893) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214459)

Ebay has meteorites on sale for around $4 an ounce. That's still $384,000 for 3 tons, but a bit less than a half billion.

Sounds like the plot to every Superman movie (1)

xmuskrat (613243) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214147)

Lex is at it again!

Have they checked Ebay? (4, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214163)

Ebay has a whole section [ebay.com] dedicated to just meteorites.

HOW? (4, Funny)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214189)

How does a 3-ton rock go missing?
You have to understand Russian culture.

The expedition was under pressure from the government to produce its quota of evidence.
When they could only find a few kilograms of meteor material, they forged a report stating that they had a 3-ton meteor (step 1). Then they bribed the right inspectors to confirm the existance of said meteor (step 2). Later, they realized that they could purchase property theft insurance from U.S. insurance companies (step 3). They then reported the meteor missing and filed a claim with Travelers (step 4).

Step 5? PROFIT!

Re:HOW? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214487)

So, in other words, a few kilograms wouldn't have been enough meteor. They needed something... meatier.

Ask Louis Tully (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214213)

Interdimensional cross rip.

so, how long until (1)

Trailer Trash (60756) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214219)

some grainy security cam video shows up on liveleak with three guys in a pickup truck backing into the place and grabbing the rock?

W00T 7P (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20214457)

Volatile world of megs of ram runs many users of BSD meQmber. GNAA (GAY

Confused (1)

GodCandy (1132301) | more than 7 years ago | (#20214521)

I am still confused as to how someone would "steel" a 6000lb rock without leaving some good evidence. Anyone hear about a missing 18 wheeler in the area. And then where do you take it and what do you do with it.

I have to agree... I think the aliens took it back.
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