In light of the recent Moscow meteor, professional meteorite hunter Michael Farmer has been getting some press lately. The only job this guy has is tracking down, buying and selling pieces of meteorites that have fallen to Earth, usually to research laboratories that lack the funding and resources to track them down themselves. Like Indiana Jones, Farmer travels all across the world - often at great personal danger - collecting space rocks.
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Early this morning, a meteorite came blazing through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Even though the rock exploded before it hit the ground, the explosion was powerful enough that it caused fires, blew windows out of buildings and so far about 950 people have gone to the hospital due to injuries.
A Buddhist statue brought to Germany from Tibet by a Nazi-backed expedition has been confirmed as having been made from the iron of a meteorite. From the stars, to Tibetan artists, into the hands of Nazis and back again.
When you’re looking for a wedding ring, there’s no shortage of places that will sell you some silver or gold band with diamonds and shit on it. But if you really want to use your metalworking skills to say “I love you forever”, you could do like Redditor laporkenstein and forge your own band out of a meteorite.
Wine snobs love to throw around heady adjectives in their description of their favorite wines— bouquet of rose and cinnamon with an afternote of thyme blah blah blah— but if you were drinking a glass of Meteorite, you might notice that it tastes a little like… outer space. Because Meteorite is the only wine that’s aged with a meteorite in the barrel.
After he was knighted, Terry Pratchett did what any knight would do. Make a sword out of a meteorite.
In 2009, author Terry Pratchett was knighted. And being a proper knight and fantasy author, he did what any self-respecting knight would do— have a sword made from 175 pounds of iron ore excavated near his home in Wiltshire, with some meteorite (“thunderbolt iron”) thrown in for good measure and a bit of magic. “You’ve got to chuck that stuff in whether you believe in it or not.”
Bosnian man Radivoke Lajic has had his house hit a whopping six times by meteorites. Unbelievably bad luck… or EXTRATERRESTRIAL CONSPIRACY??? Lajic is leaning towards the alien conspiracy side of things, saying that he things that ETs are annoyed at him for some reason and are targeting his house with space rocks. Obviously.