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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 00:53

LOXAHATCHEE, Florida (CBS 12) -- The odds are astronomical, but 7-year-old Steven Lippard and his dad are convinced the boy was struck by pebbles from a meteorite Saturday while playing outside.

Steven has a gash -- stitched up with three staples -- on his head to prove it. Our sister station CBS 12 in West Palm says initial testing at Florida Atlantic University indicates the little stones -- pea sized and smaller -- are metallic, a good sign they came from space. Other testing supports the meteorite theory.

When it happened Saturday, Steven was bleeding from a wound that apparently came out of nowhere. His dad Wayne thought it might be from a golf ball or maybe a bird swooping down.

Moments later they found the little rocks. A chemical test can confirm they came from space.

 What are the odds? Astronomer Phil Plait figures it's almost impossible to calculate. Only two people in America have had close brushes with meteorites in recent times. An eight-pound fragment hit an Alabama woman in 1954, and a 27-pounder crushed a car in New York in 1992.

Steven says he hasn't gained any super powers -- yet -- from the collision, but he's got a story he says he will share with his kids when he grows up.

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 02:50

 

What are the odds? Astronomer Phil Plait figures it's almost impossible to calculate. Only two people in America have had close brushes with meteorites in recent times. An eight-pound fragment hit an Alabama woman in 1954, and a 27-pounder crushed a car in New York in 1992.

 

The way my life has been going lately I'll probably be next.



#3 webeagle12

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:39

The way my life has been going lately I'll probably be next.

 Have at it  :p



#4 benthebear

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:56

What are the odds?

 

Pretty great odds if you live in Smallville.



#5 Darrian

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:10

LOL That show was ridiculous.



#6 The Dark Knight

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:17

LOL That show was ridiculous.

 

I quite liked it actually. Sure, they took massive liberties with the history and story line, but it was still enjoyable. And it did run for a full 10 seasons! :)



#7 jmc15john

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:21

Had a teacher in high school that got pooped on by a bird, on the head non the less, lol.  When we (students) looked up the sky was blue and there wasn't a bird anywhere in sight.  Space poop? 



#8 Darrian

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:35

I quite liked it actually. Sure, they took massive liberties with the history and story line, but it was still enjoyable. And it did run for a full 10 seasons! :)

Oh, I didn't say I didn't like it.



#9 The Dark Knight

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 04:39

Oh, I didn't say I didn't like it.

 

Oh ok.  (Y)



#10 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 06:13

Wow.  Now the little guy can tell folks he got hit in the head by a meteorite, and survived!

 

How cool is that? :p



#11 mudslag

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 07:54

If any of those fragments are left they might be worth something to a collector. 



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:11

Florida... 

 

:woot:



#13 mudslag

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 08:33

Florida... 

 

:woot:

 

 

 

Even Space hates Florida



#14 mps69

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Posted 27 November 2013 - 09:04

They are now looking around who they can sue.  :shiftyninja:

First on the list is Sir Issac Newton for gravity.   :D



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Posted 27 November 2013 - 09:10

[changes name to Chicken Little]