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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Star Sickness

posted by on September 19 at 11:26 AM

From outer space:


Local media have reported eyewitness accounts of a fiery ball falling from the sky and smashing into the desolate Andean plain near the Bolivian border Saturday morning. Officials have said it was a meteorite.

Jorge Lopez, director of the health department in the southern state of Puno, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 200 people have suffered headaches, nausea and respiratory problems caused by “toxic” fumes emanating from the resulting crater, which is some 66 feet wide and 16 feet deep.

But meteor expert Ursula Marvin, cast doubt on that theory, saying, “It wouldn’t be the meteorite itself, but the dust it raises.”

A meteorite “wouldn’t get much gas out of the earth,” said Marvin, who has studied the objects since 1961 at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Massachusetts.

To say that I do not envy these sick Peruvians is to say something that is far from the truth. To be made sick by an alien object that fell from space is to experience a higher (otherworldy) order of sickness. It puts to shame the earthy cough, the public sneeze, the domestic headache. What I would do to have a headache that has its cause in the mysterious materials of a meteorite. Or to have lungs that burn because of strange stuff from the stars. You lucky Peruvians, how I so envy your galactic stomach aches, nausea, and vomiting.

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Cue giant mushrooms.

Posted by Jude Fawley | September 19, 2007 11:29 AM

Is that more or less otherworldly than catching something from Courtney Love or a Baldwin?

Posted by elenchos | September 19, 2007 11:46 AM

Charles, if you want this you might also enjoy being in the environs of Simi Valley, Ca. just after an earthquake. Folks there, and south into Mexico and east, into AZ get "Valley Fever" an often fatal fungal infection which only appears when the Earth trembles, causing it to rise from dormancy. It is right up your alley.

Posted by inkweary | September 19, 2007 11:48 AM

Just pay attention to whether the exposed Peruvians start turning into plants.

Posted by laterite | September 19, 2007 11:49 AM

We can now add Charles to the list of those who would like him to get hit by a meteorite.

Posted by PA Native | September 19, 2007 12:06 PM

@ 5 : a meteorite “wouldn’t get much gas out of the earth,” but if it hit charles, i think it might.

Posted by ellarosa | September 19, 2007 12:33 PM

Where is the speculation on whether the sickness is racially motivated, since it dropped in the 3rd world, and not in an industrialized capitalist society?

Just kidding Charles. ;)

Posted by Original Monique | September 19, 2007 1:21 PM


Posted by gj | September 19, 2007 2:32 PM

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