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(Orlando Sentinel)   God's so disappointed in Florida, he's throwing rocks at it   (thesent.nl) divider line 43
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2013-11-27 03:55:58 PM
A Florida man is claiming that his 7-year-old son was hit in the head by meteorite fragments Saturday...

Are they bringing God up on bullying charges?
 
2013-11-27 04:17:56 PM
was hit by what looked like small pebbles while he was playing in his driveway. He had to get three staples in his head from the incident.

So, someone loaded a shotgun with pebbles and shot the kid?

I'm just kidding.  It was probably aliens.
 
2013-11-27 04:27:04 PM
There are NO aliens in Florida. And, they did not arrive by paddling a refrigerator
 
v15
2013-11-27 04:27:47 PM
God must hate communists more then cuz he always send comets to Russia
 
2013-11-27 04:28:50 PM
I can't wait to see what super powers he gets.
 
2013-11-27 04:29:01 PM
Wow. Talk about direct punishment from God.

Boy: I think I'll go pull the cat's tail.
God: *plonk*
Boy: Ow! Nevermind, nevermind!

/would be the story I'd tell my kids
 
2013-11-27 04:29:02 PM
Doesn't he think he caused enough damage last time he did that?

www.earthmagazine.org
 
2013-11-27 04:31:33 PM

JohnnyCat: I can't wait to see what super powers he gets.


*shakes fist*
 
2013-11-27 04:31:33 PM
Cool. Later in life when people use statistical arguments like "That's about as likely as you getting hit by a meteorite." He can say, "yeah, about that..."
 
2013-11-27 04:32:25 PM
People in Miami are hit by flying bits of metal all the time.
 
2013-11-27 04:34:10 PM
" Did you see what God just did man?"
 
v15
2013-11-27 04:34:50 PM
Comets to Russia until Pussy Riot is released!
 
2013-11-27 04:36:34 PM
There have been only two other meteorite incidents reported in America in recent history. In 1954, an eight-pound fragment hit a woman in Alabama and in 1992, a car was crushed in New York by a 27-pound piece.

just google "meteorite hits house" and plenty of hits pop up for the usa.
 
2013-11-27 04:38:26 PM
images.zap2it.com
Dude you were eating off it!
 
2013-11-27 04:53:21 PM
The fragments were taken to Florida Atlantic University for initial testing, according to CBS 12 in West Palm Beach. The chemical test showed that the stones -- which are pea sized or smaller -- are metallic, indicating that they likely came....

...from spaaaaaaaaaaaace!

s29.postimg.org
 
2013-11-27 04:55:55 PM
I live in Loxahatchee, trust me, we need smiting.
 
2013-11-27 05:00:01 PM
Where Florida meteorites come from:
thumbs1.ebaystatic.com
 
2013-11-27 05:03:39 PM

v15: God must hate communists more then cuz he always send comets to Russia


Russia's bigger. By like, a lot. But they experience meteoric fallout at roughly the same rates. Therefore God clearly has a higher level of hatred per square mile for Florida than for Russia. And even though Florida has fewer people overall, it seems based on anecdotal evidence that individual residents of said area are much more likely to be struck in the head and seriously maimed than the general population of Russia. Therefore, God also has a higher level of per capita hatred for Florida as well. So no matter how you slice it, Florida sucks. Because,

/damn I just forgot what I was talking about.
//Russia sucks too
 
2013-11-27 05:08:06 PM
It's very rare for people to be hit by meteorites. Property is more frequently damaged.

There was a girl in the UK who had one small meteorite hit her foot some years ago. The last time anybody or anything was provably killed by a direct meteorite hit was a dog in Egypt in the 19th Century. The Russian comet injured some and may have killed a few due to damage to windows and such, but did not hit anybody.

Stories of falls of pebbles from the sky were collected by Charles H. Fort. He pooh-poohed suggestions that these were caused by meteorites because many of the falls were repeated, hitting the same target. Some were reported to originate above the ground at a fixed distance. Fort impishly suggested several explanations of his own, inventing the word and idea of teleportation in the process.

One of the thing about such reports is that they are repeated in the press frequently so that one incident produces a flap and then the flap repeats at various lengths of time.

The conclusion is that news is a quantum phenomenon. It is both a particle and a wave. If you investigate, a lot of it collapses from a superposition of news stories (or "urban legend") to a single instance, distorted by errors and BS-mongering.

The news is very like Schrodinger's cat. It is alive and dead at the same time until you open the box and look.

By coincidence or synchronicity, there was a news story about "Quantum Cheshire Cats" on one of my favourite science news sites today.

They have successfully separated the "grin" from the "cat", or rather the properties of a photon from the actual photon. The photon is in one place, it's properties are somewhere else. I believe this trick is done with mirrors or something.

In any case, such news reports as frequently occur on Fark.com are often quantum cheshire cats.

If you stare at them, the cat disappears, starting with the tip of its tail and finishing with the grin, which lingers when the cat is gone.

As Alice said, I've often seen a cat without a grin, but it's odd to see the grin without a cat.
 
2013-11-27 05:16:34 PM

brantgoose: It's very rare for people to be hit by meteorites. Property is more frequently damaged.

There was a girl in the UK who had one small meteorite hit her foot some years ago. The last time anybody or anything was provably killed by a direct meteorite hit was a dog in Egypt in the 19th Century. The Russian comet injured some and may have killed a few due to damage to windows and such, but did not hit anybody.

Stories of falls of pebbles from the sky were collected by Charles H. Fort. He pooh-poohed suggestions that these were caused by meteorites because many of the falls were repeated, hitting the same target. Some were reported to originate above the ground at a fixed distance. Fort impishly suggested several explanations of his own, inventing the word and idea of teleportation in the process.

One of the thing about such reports is that they are repeated in the press frequently so that one incident produces a flap and then the flap repeats at various lengths of time.

The conclusion is that news is a quantum phenomenon. It is both a particle and a wave. If you investigate, a lot of it collapses from a superposition of news stories (or "urban legend") to a single instance, distorted by errors and BS-mongering.

The news is very like Schrodinger's cat. It is alive and dead at the same time until you open the box and look.

By coincidence or synchronicity, there was a news story about "Quantum Cheshire Cats" on one of my favourite science news sites today.

They have successfully separated the "grin" from the "cat", or rather the properties of a photon from the actual photon. The photon is in one place, it's properties are somewhere else. I believe this trick is done with mirrors or something.

In any case, such news reports as frequently occur on Fark.com are often quantum cheshire cats.

If you stare at them, the cat disappears, starting with the tip of its tail and finishing with the grin, which lingers when the cat is gone.

As Alice said, I've often seen a cat without a grin, but it's odd to see the grin without a cat.


It's been posited that Lewis Carroll suffered from cluster headaches... but reading that just triggered a migraine for me.

// I keed
/ mostly
 
2013-11-27 05:17:30 PM
I got hit once by a acorn-shaped meteorite that looked kind of wooden and was acorn sized. Also, a stick from outer space fell on me, some sort of branch from Mars or the Moon probably.
 
2013-11-27 05:20:19 PM
These stories always remind me of the Bart's Comet episode of The Simpsons. Homer denies the danger of the comet hitting Springfield (after forcing Flanders out of his own over-crowded bomb shelter and then shaming everybody else by one of his ludicrous changes of heart) by saying that it will probably break up and hit the size of a Chihuahua's head.

When this happens, Bart remarks on the strange perspicacity of Homer's prediction. Homer replies "I know. I'm scared too."

There is a tiny Chihuahua dog in the scene where Bart pockets what is left of "his" comet, which is a good joke and allows you to compare the remaining pebble with the size of a Chihuahua's head. Chihuahua's are comedy gold. Fans of Invader Zim know what I mean. There's a harmless Chihuahua that terrorizes Zim from time to time as a running gag. Chihuahua's are spooky. That's probably why they are the subject of so many enduring urban legends such as the one about the rat mistaken for a Chihuahua.

Such things do happen, however. When I worked with Environment Canada I heard the story of a woman who called the Canadian Wildlife Service asking about the dog she had acquired in Alberta. She thought it might be a wolf. It was probably a Husky or Samoyard--they look a lot like wolves. Some of them are part wolves. And as in the urban legend, some of them ARE wolves. Caveat emptor or it's what great eyes you have Grand Mother time. Also, a pet store owner was caught selling pimped-up (and steroid-pumped) ferrets as toy poodles.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/ferrets-rodents-sold-as-toy -p oodles-argentina_n_3037094.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2305310/Man-gets-shock-toy-p oo dles-turn-GIANT-RODENTS-steroids.html

Of course, this could be a real urban legend or life imitating art. I don't think you'd need steroids to pass an adult white ferret as a poodle pup.
 
2013-11-27 05:28:24 PM

v15: God must hate communists more then cuz he always send comets to Russia


Also God doesn't seem to have been paying attention to the news for a few decades.
 
2013-11-27 05:45:20 PM

highendmighty: Where Florida meteorites come from:
[thumbs1.ebaystatic.com image 169x225]


Lucky the kid didn't shoot his eye out.
img.indyposted.com
/fuuuuuuuuuudge
 
2013-11-27 06:01:51 PM
God's so disappointed in Florida

Aren't we all?
 
2013-11-27 06:05:20 PM
Rocks from God?  I thought it was supposed to be rods.
 
2013-11-27 06:12:43 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com

Sometimes there just aren't enough rocks.
 
2013-11-27 06:52:33 PM
Damn Centauri.
 
2013-11-27 06:55:22 PM
The Xindi knew what they were doing.

static1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-11-27 07:16:09 PM

v15: God must hate communists more then cuz he always send comets to Russia


There are a lot of Cubans in Florida too. Maybe he missed.
 
2013-11-27 07:31:05 PM
Subby, you magnificent bastard!
 
2013-11-27 08:00:55 PM
Do you get to make a wish when that happens?
 
2013-11-27 08:11:47 PM

Hector Remarkable: I got hit once by a acorn-shaped meteorite that looked kind of wooden and was acorn sized. Also, a stick from outer space fell on me, some sort of branch from Mars or the Moon probably.


Holy shiat, now that you mention it...
 
2013-11-27 08:11:51 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Doesn't he think he caused enough damage last time he did that?

[www.earthmagazine.org image 449x400]


He seems to be out of practice, unless he was just trying to exterminate one spider this time.
 
2013-11-27 08:26:25 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: God's so disappointed in Florida

Aren't we all?


No, not really.
 
2013-11-27 09:24:06 PM
"I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!"


/the only good bug is a dead bug
 
2013-11-27 10:13:57 PM
I got no video. I thought there would be video.
 
2013-11-27 10:27:25 PM

ThrobblefootSpectre: Cool. Later in life when people use statistical arguments like "That's about as likely as you getting hit by a meteorite." He can say, "yeah, about that..."


What, 37 comments in, and no Farker has noted that meteorites are meteors that have already hit the earth?


/Fark, I am disappoint

//Although I suppose it could have skipped across the ground a couple of times...
 
2013-11-28 02:14:13 AM
Maybe his mom pretending to be his sister hit him in the head with a rock trying to impress an astronomer with their luck and get a date with him.
 
2013-11-28 02:42:15 AM

Soulshorne: What, 37 comments in, and no Farker has noted that meteorites are meteors that have already hit the earth?


/Fark, I am disappoint

//Although I suppose it could have skipped across the ground a couple of times...



Wait...what planet do you think this happened on?  Oh, I get it, you think that a meteorite that lands on a car or building (link) is still a meteoroid, because it hasn't touched "the earth" yet.
 
2013-11-28 02:49:39 AM

Soulshorne: What, 37 comments in, and no Farker has noted that meteorites are meteors that have already hit the earth?


But where exactly is the transition? Does it have to be the actual surface of the planet, or does hitting a solid object in contact with that surface (such as a person standing on the ground) also qualify?

Since 'meteor' is generally associated with something moving fast enough to heat up and glow, one might even argue that a transition from 'meteor' to 'falling meteorite' takes place somewhere in the lower atmosphere for small objects like this.
 
2013-11-28 10:38:57 AM
 First off I hope the kid is ok.
Second, they better make sure they get that rock back, a meteorite that actually struck a person is pretty valuable. I guarantee that university will have it up on E-bay the moment the family forgets about it.
 
2013-11-28 02:57:46 PM

v15: Comets to Russia until Pussy Riot is released!


I just read Tolokonnikova's letter on the conditions in her labor camp... I don't think words can express this level of outrage and disgust. I keep having to stop and think about what I type next because my fingers keep wanting to type "FARK!!WHAT THE FARKING FARK!?! NO!! HELL NO!!"

800 women crammed into a washroom designed to only hold 6 at a time, splashing cold  water all over themselves. Flinging shiat out of clogged-up pipes.

Elderly women beaten to death as punishment, or locked outside in the winter all day until they lose their fingers and one foot to frostbite. Being denied food and water for entire days as they stand in solitary confinement, hour after hour... and are severely beaten if and when they collapse. Their "crime?" Asking for more than four hours of sleep a night.

On topic.. poor kid had horrible luck, being beaned in the head by flipping rocks from space. Yeowch..
 
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