Meteor strikes remote town, causes bizzare illness

"LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a “strange odor,” local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.

“Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned,” he said.""

-Guys in stormtrooper outfits in black helicopters are headed there right now, if gaming is to be believed.

I think I saw this on Buffy.

I think I saw it on Qt3!!

Of course, this thread is much more clearly labeled.

Oh come now, my thread is a Lovecraft reference, surely that is obvious to the average QT3 reader.

uh oh…

Where’s Clark Kent when you need him?



The Colour Out Of Space.

How cool.

Jesus Moore I’m gonna have nightmares about whatever the hell that was.

As for the town, yeah they are screwed. Somewhere around now aliens are crawling out and killing people.

Pretty sure that was from the movie Slither…right?

Great movie. :-)

Holy shit, it’s the Andromeda Strain.

Yeah, it’s from the best moment of slither, go rent it skipper, it’s funny.

The changes of anything coming from Mars are a million to one…

In the grand scheme of things, a million to one chance is actually something I’d be willing to put hard cash on. I’ve got the equivalent of $1.25 right now. How much are you in for?

I suspect it’s nothing more than radiation. I assume that’s what everyone else here is thinking?

Not really. It’s hysteria.


Cloverfield publicity stunt. You heard it here first.

Hopefully geologists and toxicologists can check out the area and give a full assessment, but the initial report does have some features of mass psychogenic illness. As Houngan noted, this used to be called mass hysteria. Now it’s fallen victim to George Carlin’s rule of more syllables to suggest greater importance (i.e., shell shock -> battle fatigue -> posttraumatic stress disorder)

And I for one welcome our new nausea inducing overlords.

Conservatives will have the last laugh. Al Gore will be totally wrong about global warming because we will all die from some super space disease.