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At the Alabama Museum of Natural History located in the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, there is a small chunk of black space rock that created history on November 30, 1954, when it came crashing through the roof of Ann Hodges’s home in Sylacauga, Alabama, and landed on her as she napped under quilts on the sofa. The 8.5 pound, 4.5-billion-year-old space rock, after poking a hole through the roof of her rented house, bounced off a big console radio, and then hit Ann on the left side of her body at around 2:46 PM, and at that very moment the 34-year-old Alabama woman became the first verified human being to have been struck by a meteorite.

Ann Hodges meteorite

Moody Jacobs shows a giant bruise on the side and hip of his patient, Ann Hodges, in 1954, after she was struck by a meteorite.


© Amusing Planet, 2021.


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