June 15, 2009

The sky is falling

Boy hit by meteorite:

If you stand outside right now and a meteorite is plummeting toward earth, it has a 1 in 2,745,184,657,040,000 (that’s 2.7 quadrillion) chance of hitting you (assuming you take up 2 square feet of area). With maybe 20,000 meteorites hitting earth each year, and 6 billion people on the planet, someone has a 1 in 9 Billion chance of getting hit each year (if we all stand outside all day).
Maybe this kid should buy a lottery ticket or something.

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