Darn! No alien invasion... yet!

Sep 25 2007 Published by under Science news

I'm terribly disappointed.  Last week, a story out of Peru had all the hallmarks of a good alien invasion story -- a mysterious meteorite crashes near a small town in Peru, and local residents start to fall ill.  ('Personal Demon' tipped me to the story a few days back.)

Speculation ran rampant, but much of it went against the locals story - some arguments suggested that it was an underground gas explosion that caused the crater.

Well, the verdict is in: it was a meteorite, and its crash to Earth did result in people falling ill - though they fell ill not due to some space-borne illness, but due to arsenic deposits in the groundwater being released into the air.

Alas, I was hoping for some sort of ray-gun toting aliens to leap from the crater.  Scientists like me always get to be the heroes in stories like that...

2 responses so far

  • Personal Demon says:

    Dr. Skull says: "Scientists like me always get to be the heroes in stories like that…"

    Eh... not necessarily. For every scientist hero in a movie, I can probably point to a dozen "bumbling scientist who insists that everything is fine up to the very moment he (rarely she) gets eaten."

    Then again, Dr. Skull did say "...[s]cientists like me...", and I think he's established that he is not the sort of scientist who blindly cleaves to conventional explanations in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

  • PD wrote: "For every scientist hero in a movie, I can probably point to a dozen “bumbling scientist who insists that everything is fine up to the very moment he (rarely she) gets eaten.”"

    You reminded me that I've always wanted to write a disaster movie script where the hero of the story is the guy who, in spite of all the warnings of his colleagues, ignores the obvious, looming threat but ends up being the only one who survives at the end.