A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 11.30.18

A Pen and ink doodle meditation in brown, red and orange and a blurb about meteor strikes.Dear Henry,

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Sylacauga Meteor Strike.

In 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on her sofa when a meteor came crashing through her roof, ricocheted off a radio, and struck her in the leg.  She wasn't seriously injured but badly bruised and scared within an inch of her life.

Yes, yes, something else to worry about at 3 AM.  Things falling from space. I mean, of course, it can happen. A meteor strike killed the dinosaurs. But, individually, being killed by a meteor isn't very likely. Prior to the 1954 non-fatal incident, in 1825 and 1827, in India, two people were grazed by meteors and although there have been incidents of weddings, funerals, and political meetings being disrupted by meteors, the only know fatality occurred in ancient China. 

It isn't very likely to be struck, much less killed by a falling meteor.

How likely?

Well, Professor Stephen Nelson from Tulane University calculated it out.  The odds are 1 in 250,000.  Quite dismal actually, although better than Powerball odds which are 1 in 192,000,000, and we have all heard of someone winning that.

xoxo a.d.


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