Sunday, September 23, 2007

Meteorite Sickens Peruvian Villagers

Officials confirm a meteorite smashed into the Peruvian countryside leaving a crater 65 feet wide and 15 feet deep, according to CNN. Following the impact, “small rocks rained down… for several minutes” on the roof of one nearby house.

Following the impact, 200 villagers claimed they were sickened by fumes resulting from the event. Symptoms include headaches, nausea and breathing problems. As of now, alien embryos have not sprung from the chests of anyone affected.

Experts doubt the meteor is directly responsible for the mysterious illness. “Fear may have provoked psychosomatic ailments,” suggested CNN based on talks with scientists on the scene.

Didn’t they say the same thing about World Trade Center Syndrome and Gulf War Syndrome? At best, people claiming they suffered from these mysterious afflictions were victims of their own psychosomatic powers. At worst, they were exploring a creative way to profit from extraordinary events. But these days, isn’t it pretty well accepted that real illnesses were at play?

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