February 4, 2004
Being nerds, you'll want to know how I got the odds of being struck by a meteor.
Earth is about 12,000km across. That's a radius of 6x10^6 meters. The surface area of Earth, is 4/3 * PI * r^2 = (roughly) 1.5x10^14. I figure an average human who is standing or sitting will occupy about 1/2 a square meter of the ground. So you occupy about 1 3x10^14th of the Earth's surface. That would mean your odds of getting hit by a given meteor are:
1 in 3x10^14 which is 1 in 300,000,000,000,000 (300 trillion)
Unless, of course, you're from England, in which case that number is read 300 billion. Someday that's going to cause a huge international banking error, I just know it.
Despite those odds, on November 30, 1954, Alabama housewife Ann Hodges was hit by a 3 pound meteor that crashed through the roof of her house. All she got was a bruise.