Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sky continues to fall in

In the paper today:

On October 15, 1972, a farmer in Trujillo, Venezuela, heard a sonic boom in the sky. The next day he discovered a cow lying dead in the field, its neck and shoulder pulverised. The bemused farmer found a boulder lying nearby, which he took away to use as a doorstep.

It says further that this unlucky cow in Venezuela was “the only living thing that has been documented to have been killed by a meteorite.”

Well, I’ve noted before on this blog that in the 18th Century two sailors were reportedly killed when a meteorite struck a ship in the Java Sea.

Poor cow — not only dead, but a runner-up in the documented-to-have-been-killed-by-meteorite stakes.


Blogger Father Park said...

Meteorite Monday?

27/10/07 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

Intriguing idea...!

Where the article says the only living thing that has been documented to have been killed by a meteorite... I guess it must follow that plenty of non-living things have been killed by meteorites.

Then again, what about all the microbes and other little beasties that have been killed by meteorites?

Oh, it's all to much to think about, really.

27/10/07 9:47 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Sure, but how many cows can make that claim, hey?


Just the one!

A class of his own.

28/10/07 7:36 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

I suppose this means that my phobia of being hit by a meteorite is unfounded?

Unless I'm an unsuspecting cow.

28/10/07 7:37 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

You don't strike me as an "old cow" - suspecting, unsuspecting or otherwise.

The meteorite was overcome with worry about global warming and decided to take out a methane producer.

It was a green meteor.

28/10/07 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

I was just thinking the other day that being hit by a meteorite could so easily happen.

Sure, statistically it's a long shot, but then there's Murphy's Law: If anything can happen, it will.

On that basis I wouldn't get out of bed in the morning, but if I didn't, a meteorite would be certain to hit my bed with me in it.

Best keep moving and try to lengthen the odds in that fashion.

28/10/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger Caz said...

Ah, so it was inevitable that a cow would be hit: they stand about, not moving, except for the odd swish of the tail, and regular blinking.

Yes, best to keep moving.

That, and hope the meteorites are on the smallish side. (Hey, I can only move so fast y'all.)

Have to go, mustn't dilly dally at the keyboard.

28/10/07 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

We really should be quite surprised that living things aren't documented as being killed by meteorites every day.

28/10/07 11:25 PM  

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