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The True Story of History's Only Known Meteorite Victim


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- 2187 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
The Russian meteorite, whose sonic boom damaged buildings and injured more than a thousand last week, is not the first to shatter a human life. Take the true story of Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite.



   

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S R (2)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:33 pm
On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama (see map), in late November 1954, Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise.

Ann's story is particularly rare because most meteorites usually fall into the ocean or strike one of Earth's vast, remote places, according to Michael Reynolds, a Florida State College astronomer and author of the book Falling Stars: A Guide to Meteors & Meteorites....
 

Jason S (50)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:35 pm
Good Posting, thanks
 

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 4:11 pm
Thanks
 

janet f (29)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 7:28 pm
OMG, when I was little, we had a book in the house that had stories about meteorites and space (that was a big topic in the 60's what with space travel being so new) and that picture was in it. How strange that I remembered the picture. I guess it must have left an impression on me.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 12:55 am
Very interesting thanks for sharing
 

R T (14)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 3:08 am
I remember my father finding a black shiny rock in our lawn one morning. It was just a bit bigger than a tennis ball and embedded into the ground. At the time we couldn't figure how it got there especially as it didn't look anything like the local rocks. Wonder if it was a meteorite?
Judging by that bruise Ann Hodges was lucky the meteorite didn't make a direct hit, must have been quite a large chunk.
 

Edgar Zuim (47)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 8:39 am
Very interesting and intriguing article. We know that many meteorites fall to earth usually over oceans and deserts. Ann's bad luck.
 
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