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Iowa's Roswell: The Wreck of 1277

  1. Oct 20, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    From the fringe of the fringe. I had never heard of this story.

    http://www.yawp.com/3rd-i/vol4/vol4No7/1277.html
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2003 #2
    What are the chances of a ufo hitting a train? Why would the aliens not try to miss the train (assuming they could steer, and were therefore crashing because of a power or propulsion problem)?
     
  4. Oct 21, 2003 #3

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    This reminds me of a report that I saw on television. It was claimed that the first collision in the US between two automobiles involved the only two cars in the state [Oklahoma I think].
     
  5. Oct 21, 2003 #4

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    Could this be a meteorite? The size of the crater suggests it.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2003 #5
    This is a true story. The zinger, also true, is that the drivers of both vehicles were drunk.
     
  7. Oct 21, 2003 #6
    This is what it probably was. The only trouble is the old man's recollection of it's attempt to pull up to abort the initial dive, which seems to be what set it on a new course into the train.

    Possible "realistic" explanation for why a meteor might do this is the sudden release of gas trapped in a pocket exposed by atmospheric burning. I really do hope they dig down to the source of the reverberation and see what's there.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2003 #7
    Well of course it envolved those two cars, could it have happened if it only envolved one? LOL, I'm so funny! Secondly, on a more serious note, what are the chances of a ufo coming a bazillion light years and hitting such a moving target as a train?
     
  9. Oct 22, 2003 #8
    If it actually ended up happening then the chances had to be 100%. There wouldn't be any way of knowing this ahead of time, though.
     
  10. Oct 22, 2003 #9

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    Back in the 1970s a very small meteorite struck a parked car somewhere in upstate New York and drilled a hole right through it.
     
  11. Oct 22, 2003 #10
    Hm. Now I wonder if my car insurance covers meteorite damage.
     
  12. Oct 23, 2003 #11
    Of course! They cover everything except what will most likely happen!
     
  13. Oct 30, 2003 #12
    If there was a sudden outgassing of the meteor to slow its desent and change its trajectory, it may have then been highly magnetic and attracted to the locomotive.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2003 #13
    You are saying it might have been made of ferromagnetic metals?
     
  15. Nov 27, 2003 #14
    Aren't magnets degaussed at a relatively low temperature, far below that which a meteorite would reach entering the earth's atmosphere?
     
  16. Nov 27, 2003 #15
    yes, it is common electromagnetic physics that a magnet loses its strength as it is heated and a meteor entering the earths atmosphere is blazing with fire.
     
  17. Nov 27, 2003 #16
    Woop, 1 point for me!
     
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