OK, I Give Up: What Happened in Peru?

Somebody mentioned this at a songwriter’s night the other night, and I thought "wait a second… that sounds familiar."  It was mentioned in our forums a couple of days ago.  Something about a meteor landfall in Peru… a giant crater… sick villagers:

The New York Times ran this story about the event in one of their blog sites, but other than that, there hasn’t been a whole lot of coverage — as is often the case where UFO stories are concerned.  "Oh, just another wacky UFO sighting…" But most of them don’t make whole villages of people sick. 
As is also often the case, the absence of any hard information lends itself readily to a variety of conspiracy theories, like this one:

The crater, according to Russian Military Intelligence Analysts, was created when the United States Air Force shot down one of its own satellites, the paper says.

You see, the satellite was spying on Iran, and destroying it helps the United States lay the groundwork for an invasion, Pravda says. For a good conspiracy yarn, go read the rest of the article, which manages to tie together 9/11, the briefly missing nukes from a few weeks ago, and more.

Well, something’s sure going on here. I just hope it ultimately proves to be friendly…

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1 Response to OK, I Give Up: What Happened in Peru?

  1. Trickfox says:

    OH POO…. No conspiracy on the meteorite.
    A team of Peruvian researchers confirmed the origins of the object, which crashed near Lake Titicaca, after taking samples to a lab in the capital city of Lima
    But the illness was the result of inhaling arsenic fumes, according to Luisa Macedo, a researcher for Peru’s Mining, Metallurgy, and Geology Institute (INGEMMET), who visited the crash site.
    The meteorite created the gases when the object’s hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said.
    Numerous arsenic deposits have been found in the subsoils of southern Peru, explained Modesto Montoya, a nuclear physicist who collaborated with the team. The naturally formed deposits contaminate local drinking water.
    “If the meteorite arrives incandescent and at a high temperature because of friction in the atmosphere, hitting water can create a column of steam,” added Jos√© Ishitsuka, an astronomer at the Peruvian Geophysics Institute, who analyzed the object.
    By Wednesday, according to Macedo, all 30 residents who felt ill reported feeling better.
    Sorry everyone, but unless someone comes up with a better conspiracy Occam’s razor has just sliced this conspiracy to shreads.

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