Thursday, June 25, 2009

Boy Hit By Meteorite - Lives To Tell Tale

Gerrit Blank of Germany is a lucky little lad. The 14 year-old student was walking to class when he saw what he described as a "ball of light." The ball of light was actually a pea-sized meteor which smacked into his hand and left a foot-wide crater in the pavement. Gerrit escaped with a three-inch long scar on his hand and a heck of a story to tell.
Scientists estimate that the odds of getting hit by a meteor are roughly one in 100 million. The only other person in recorded history to be hit by one was an Alabama woman in 1954 who was struck in the leg after a meteor bounced off of her coffee table.

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