September 29, 2004
A Real Close Shave

Ron gets a no-prize that misses him by inches for bringing us news of apocalypse delayed:

On Wednesday, Earth will get its closest known shave this century from a major asteroid, a monster big enough to extinguish billions of lives were it ever to collide with our home.

Roughly 3 miles by 1.5 miles in size, the asteroid 4179 Toutatis will pass by not quite four times the distance between the earth and the moon, so no need to call out Bruce Willis. Best of all was the reaction from the Loon League of America:

Six months ago, panicky rumors spread on the Internet that there was little point to booking next year's summer holidays that NASA had got it wrong or lied, and we were all heading for The Big One. Websites run by Christian zealots and individuals in contact with aliens predicted the Second Coming of Jesus or a secret U.S. nuclear missile strike to neutralize the asteroid.

And we missed it. Dammit! I'll bet there were some good links in there! Ah well.

Posted by scott at September 29, 2004 08:11 AM

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Yikes! I am glad I didn't read this last night. The time has passed I presume. I was cleaning cat boxes at the scheduled time this monster passed.

Posted by: Pat on September 29, 2004 11:20 AM
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