So it came to pass that great grandmother Pauline Aguss, 76, from Lowestoft in England, was putting her washing out on the line on Monday afternoon. She felt a sudden stabbing pain in her arm. She looked down and saw a one-inch gash. She went inside and dabbed it with antiseptic.
The next day – Tuesday – husband Jack, 77, was looking for weeds in the lawn (the way you do when you’re 77 and live in Lowestoft) and came across a walnut-sized piece of alien rock. Pauline takes up the story: “I couldn’t believe it when Jack found the rock on the grass,” she told The Sun (for an undisclosed amount). “I was so relieved it didn’t hit me on the head.” (Right there, Pauline.) “I could have been killed!”
The rock is thought to have struck the earth’s atmosphere at about 300 mph, having travelled millions of miles from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. Each year, a number of people across the globe claim to have been struck by a piece of falling satellite or space debris. A number of years ago, a woman attempted to get compensation from a European airline after claiming to have been struck by a hardened piece of shit that fell from one of its planes. She made the story up (the airline secured all human waste in its hold until landing).
The last recorded example of a fatality due to a falling meteorite was the death of a dog in Egypt in the 19th century. (BBCNews)