Boy was hit by meteorite, but survived - 1 in a million.

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    A schoolboy has survived a direct hit by a meteorite after it fell to earth at 30,000mph. Gerrit Blank, 14, was on his way to school when he saw "ball of light" heading straight towards him from the sky. A pea-sezed meteorite hit his hand before bouncing off and causing a foot wide crater in the ground. The teenager survived the strike, the chances of which are just 1 in a million - but with a nasty three-inch long scar on his hand.

    Read full story HERE
  2. Should get him to select my lottery numbers today
  3. Read that in the paper yesterday. I reckon it's a load of shiite.
  4. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Oh, so that's why you can't do sports this week!
  5. If that little thing did indeed hit his hand at 30,000mph it would have gone straight through his hand, if not taken it off...
  6. Absolutely not. The same case was also described by a very serious scientific edition You may wish to read another coverage HERE, if you don't believe it.
  7. "Chemical tests on the rock have confirmed that it had fallen from space"

    Well where else is it going to have come from travelling at 30,000??

    Surely with that sort of speed he would have been ripped to shreds if he was that close?? Having seen frag wounds a plenty, most of which are caused by much lower velocity surely the damage would have been far worse? To have "bounced" off his hand and then caused a crater, c'mon who's kiddin here? Load of p1sh!
  8. I agree that the “bouncing off “ is ridiculous, changing the direction of the meteorite going that fast would transfer enough energy to do serious damage. There is a small possibility that it just grazed him, however, if it created a crater then there must have been lots of material from the crater flying around. Chances are that he was hit by something thrown up, not the meteorite going down.
  9. Something travelling at 30,000 mph bounces off a human hand but leaves a large crater in the ground? Yeah, OK...

    Edited to add: Why do German boys always have such sh1te haircuts? Even the kid on in the Kinder Egg adverts has a mop that looks like a bell-end.
  10. Meteor-shiite...