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(News 10)   Woman found a smoking dog poop in her yard, but after picking it up believes it could be a meteorite, with pic   ( divider line
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2004-08-22 07:59:38 AM  
I had to read the headline again when I thought it said "Woman found smoking dog poop in her yard". Anyway, cool story.
2004-08-22 08:53:06 AM  
Maybe it's an extraterrestrial dog poop?

2004-08-22 09:04:43 AM  
Meteorites are just God's way of throwing rocks at us.
2004-08-22 09:10:48 AM  
My poop smokes but it's never mistaken for a meteorite.

I think the smell serves as a clue (or a warning).

2004-08-22 09:17:22 AM  
Holy Crap!
2004-08-22 09:31:20 AM  
Mars rocks? Do rocks just jump out of the atmosphere? De we do that? I have enought to worry about without this whole "Other planets throwing rocks" or "gravity takes a break and we just leave the atmosphere" thing.
2004-08-22 10:06:26 AM  
I was just thinking "why am I reading a pulp fiction novel from the 1950s?"
2004-08-22 10:48:41 AM  

I'm with ya on that one, I read the same thing! First thing that came to mind was an old Cheech and Chong bit.
2004-08-22 11:25:38 AM  
Its pronounce Dirte
2004-08-22 12:37:30 PM  
She picked it up, thinking it was dog s-it?

2004-08-22 02:34:36 PM  
Mars rocks? Do rocks just jump out of the atmosphere?

All those craters on Mars were created by meteor impacts. When those occured they blasted a lot of Mars bits out into space. Some of those bits ended up here.

The famous "life on Mars" rock from a few years back got here that way.
2004-08-22 02:51:32 PM  
Thad poop should be notified that smoking has been clinically proven to dramatically shorten
your cigarettes.
2004-08-22 02:52:12 PM  
Thad = That

but if my last name was poop, my son's first name would be Thad
2004-08-22 02:54:56 PM  
where is the flaming pooh?
someone put up the flaming pooh
2004-08-22 02:55:33 PM  
The biggest piece weighs 137 grams, or about 4.5 ounces, and is the size of a grapefruit.

A meteorite that resembles both dog poop and a grapefruit? That's a keeper.
2004-08-22 02:56:13 PM  
Crap! Not only do I have to worry about the stupid neighbor's dog crapping in my yard, now I have to worry about Marvin the Martian's dog too?
2004-08-22 02:57:01 PM  
Boeing bomb?
2004-08-22 02:59:42 PM  
I aswell read that as "woman found smoking dog poop".

Damn you headline writer!
2004-08-22 03:02:05 PM  
spray some windex on it!
2004-08-22 03:03:34 PM  
Meteor Shiat!
2004-08-22 03:03:58 PM  
The article says it was still warm the next afternoon. Very unlikely, unless it was warm from sitting in the Sun all day. Or if it was, in fact, fresh dog poo.
2004-08-22 03:04:37 PM  
someone lit a turd and then they picked it up!?
2004-08-22 03:06:24 PM  
Q - What do women and dog poop have in common?
A - The older they get the easier they are to pick up.
2004-08-22 03:06:43 PM  
the article is much funnier when the headline reads 'woman found smoking dog poop...' i too saw it. that damn a should be capitalized or something.
2004-08-22 03:08:53 PM  
Reminds me of the Joe Dirt Meteorite. Hehehe.
2004-08-22 03:09:04 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
2004-08-22 03:10:30 PM  
5 hours later the things still smoking? I don't care what it was made of it would have cooled off in that amount of time, no?
2004-08-22 03:11:37 PM  
The couple's nephew did a little investigating on the Internet and believes the rock has characteristics in common with ones from Mars.

uh...yeah. sounds like a rock solid case.

I wonder how many farkers are going to be going out and smoking dog poop blunts now because they didn't RTFA.
2004-08-22 03:13:20 PM  
/just as i was going to post a joe dirt picture
2004-08-22 03:14:02 PM  
Must be some Freudian explanation...
I too thought the headline said she was smoking dog poo. [Assumed her dog ate her stash of weed.]

Her husband tried to pick one up with a paper towel and said it still felt hot. "When we saw it at 5:30 or so, the smoke was still coming out of this one," said Albert Darmousseh.

Haven't these people heard of radiation? ...or "meteor shiat"?
2004-08-22 03:15:39 PM  
What's that?
Look like dog shiat.
Pick up!
Pick up...

Feel like dog shiat?
Yeah feel like dog shiat.


Smell like dog shiat?
Yeah smell like dog shiat.


Taste like dog shiat?
Yeah taste like dog shiat.

Good put down.
Glad we no step in it.
Let's go eat
Ya eat!
2004-08-22 03:19:16 PM  
How cold does it have to be for dog poo to smoke? Judging from the green grass in that pic, it's not that cold there.

Have some sense, people.
2004-08-22 03:21:12 PM  
When I first read the headline I thought the story was about a woman who found a smoking dog who pooped in her backyard.

[image from too old to be available]

Unavailable for comment...
2004-08-22 03:21:24 PM  
5 hours later the things still smoking? I don't care what it was made of it would have cooled off in that amount of time, no?

Let's assume the meteorite landed on the ground at a temperature of 110F (which is a bit liberal because meteorites should be really only slightly above ambient room temperature when they hit the ground).

Let's assume the ambient temperature at ground level is 85F (I mean come on, it's summer).

So the time it would take for the meteorite to cool down to 85?

Since this happened at midnight, we can assume the temperature is fairly constant until the sun comes up (6-7 AM) and assume the rate of change is zero.

dt/dA = 0

Now is the part where I remember I got a C in diff-eq, and I can't remember how to do these problems, and I'm damn sure not going to go look it up in the book, but check this out:

"So, in summary, we don't really know what temperature meteorites are when they fall. The problem is that there really isn't much quantitative data to base an answer on! However, many astronomers believe that small meteorites should be barely warm, or even cool when they hit the ground. The temperature probably varies depending on the size and composition of the original rock. For example, some materials might ablate more efficiently than others, or conduct the heat better. It's an interesting question, though, and one I wish we had a better answer to!"
2004-08-22 03:23:06 PM  
The family has contacted NASA to determine what to do next with the rock.

Simple. eBay it.
2004-08-22 03:23:20 PM  
Not a real meteorite. If a meteorite is still smoking when it lands you (and everyone within more than a few surrounding miles) aren't going to be alive to go out and try to see what happened. Also, speaking as someone who has had countless people try to bring them rocks that they think are meteorites let me demonstrate the common train of thought.
"Hey, here's a rock that I've never noticed before. It looks unusual and I've never seen it before so obviously it must be a meteorite. I'll go online and do some research on it. Hmmm, according to all the sites I'm looking at its obvious that this isn't a common meteorite that, while pricey, isn't as pricey as a rarre on. It can't be the fact that this isn't really a meteorite because I've never noticed this before, this is just a really rare one. I'll look at some other stuff on meteorites, figure out what kind is the most pricey and try to rationalize how this rock could possibly fit this classification. Ok, great, I've got a really rare and amazing meteorite so I'll take it a college/museum/high school where the people working there probably never seen an actual meteorite, let alone have no idea how to classify them, and have them looked at by one of these experts in a totally different field. Alright, I've got a rare rock that's worth millions based on what I've seen similiar rocks sell for on the $ per mg scale. I've got one that's a few pounds so just multiply the price people pay per milligram by how many kilograms I have and add a little bit extra on top of it because this one is so special that it doesn't actually fit into any known classification. I'll ignore the fact that prices for tiny specimens that weigh a gram or less are so expensive because they've passed through multiple hands that each get their own markup and the fact that almost every hand that gets it will usually cut it up some and lose part of the material in the process, cost them money for the equipment to cut the stones, take up their time to do so, and that they don't mind not selling all of it at once because they know that eventually, people will buy their inventory. Now that I've got this rock that's worth thousands, if not millions, certified by someone who knows next to nothing about meteorites I'll start contacting people in an attempt to cash in on my oh so scientifically amazing find. All these people are going to be lining up to kiss my big bootie. Man, we're set!"
General rule of thumb, if the person has already classified it themself its not really a meteorite.
\has pieces of around half of those Martian meteorites sitting in a case in my living room
2004-08-22 03:28:51 PM  
You forgot your fake dog poop.

What fake dog poop?
2004-08-22 03:30:07 PM  
Not a real meteorite. If a meteorite is still smoking when it lands you (and everyone within more than a few surrounding miles) aren't going to be alive to go out and try to see what happened.

But thank you for playing!
2004-08-22 03:30:22 PM  
Good, I'm not the only one who thought the woman was toking up dog crap.
2004-08-22 03:30:32 PM  
First thing that came to mind..

Cheech: What is in this shiat, man?
Chong: Mostly Maui-waui, man...
Cheech: Yeah?
Chong: ... but it's got some labrador in it.
Cheech: What's labrador?
Chong: It's dog shiat, man.
Cheech: What! Man: Yeah, my dog ate my stash, man. Had it on the table and the little motherfarker ate it. It really blew the dog's mind, man.
Cheech: You mean we're smoking dog shiat, man?
2004-08-22 03:32:55 PM  
Meteorite: They're call paragraphs. Learn how to use them. If you're going to blah blah blah on and on, at least save us the eye strain of reading line after line of dribble without a line break.
2004-08-22 03:36:46 PM  
i read the hedline and thought it was all cheech and chong...

like that time their dog ate their stash and they rolled and wonderjoint out of the dog fecal
2004-08-22 03:39:07 PM  
I thought she had found a dog smoking a cigarette pooping on her lawn. I tried to find a picture of Brian with a cigarette, but no dice.
2004-08-22 03:41:37 PM  
If it was a meteorite and it was that hot after sitting over night , wouldn't it have left a crater or atleast a burned patch on the lawn?
2004-08-22 03:45:10 PM  
Who else misread that as "Woman found smoking dog poop in her yard"
2004-08-22 03:45:17 PM  
The Cheech and Chong references bring back some pretty cool memories...I had to read the headline a couple of times also to get it.

/never smoked dog shiat
2004-08-22 03:45:38 PM  
This is a lovely rock...FOR ME TO POOP ON!
2004-08-22 03:45:53 PM  
Meteorite: They're call paragraphs. Learn how to use them. If you're going to blah blah blah on and on, at least save us the eye strain of reading line after line of dribble without a line break.

It's clear that this was done to achieve a certain effect. Try being a little more sensitive to the subtleties of literary excellence, poopyhead.
2004-08-22 03:48:29 PM  
//not that I KNOW of...maybe some cow the 70's...shrooms...I think...I remember...maybe...
2004-08-22 03:48:42 PM  
In case you need to figure out what would happen if a meteor struck near your home:

My house go boom
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