Hit by a Meteorite

Ann Hodges became the only confirmed person in history to be hit by a meteorite. She wasn't injured seriously. Sure, it was a big sensation, but Ann lived in a small-minded community, suffered a nervous breakdown and died at the age of 52 of kidney failure.
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"On a crisp November afternoon in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on the couch when a softball-sized chunk of rock crashed through the ceiling, bounced off her radio and hit her in the hip.

Other than the roughly 30-cm bruise above her hip that you can see being examined by doctor Moody Jacobs above, Ann was relatively uninjured.

This bruise is the result of the only confirmed meteorite strike on a human ever

On a crisp November afternoon in the small town of Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on the couch when a softball-sized chunk of rock crashed through the ceiling, bounced off her radio and hit her in the hip.

Other than the roughly 30-cm bruise above her hip that you can see being examined by doctor Moody Jacobs above, Ann was relatively uninjured.

A government geologist was sent in to inspect the object and eventually determined that it was a meteorite, and not a communist weapon. But that was even more rare, and Ann became the only confirmed person in human history to have been struck by a meteorite.

As Michael Reynolds, an astronomer from Florida State College, told Justin Nobel for National Geographic, being hit by a meteorite is an incredibly unlikely event.
"Think of how many people have lived throughout human history," Reynolds told Nobel. "You have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time."

But unfortunately, the meteorite continued to cause drama. Although the government agreed to give it back to Ann and her husband Eugene, the couple were renters, and so their landlord sued them for custody of the space rock.
After much public fighting, Eugene and Ann did end up with the meteorite, and in 1956 donated it to the natural history museum, where it’s still on display.

But the frenzy had taken its toll, and Nobel reports that Ann later suffered a nervous breakdown and died at the age of 52 of kidney failure.

Read Nobel’s excellent feature on the meteorite strike over at National Geographicto find out more."

Via sciencealert.com