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Meteorite Crashes Into London Cab

29 Jun , 2012 by


Londoners awoke this morning to news of a meteorite which struck a taxi in the heart of the city’s busy shopping district Covent Garden. Witnesses were left stunned by what looked like a scene straight out of a science fiction film. An incident team arrived almost immediately to cordon off the meteorite and keep the public at a safe distance.

No one was injured as a result of the incident, but it’s a cosmic harbinger of things to come…

Of course, the “things to come” turn out to be 4 weeks of science programs on Eden TV’s Science Month, which starts up in July.

The incident was in fact a well-orchestrated publicity stunt by the UK’s Eden TV (Sky 532 Virgin 208). Science Month will run all day every day during the month of July. Highlights in the first week include Wonders of the Universe (Monday 2 July at 9pm), Finding Life Beyond Earth (Monday 2 July at 10pm), The Code (Wednesday 4 July at 10pm) and Deadliest Volcano (Thursday 5 July at 7pm).

Sure, after all’s said and done it was a PR stunt. But it was a cool PR stunt (even if not quite scientifically accurate!)

Come on, we all know that meteorites aren’t steaming hot when they land. wink

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Aqua4U
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June 29, 2012 2:57 PM

No WAY! That’s GOT to be a fake… a stone meteor that big would have left a crater after punching thru that cab. Somebody’s on the make~

Arthür Täylør
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Arthür Täylør
June 29, 2012 3:58 PM

You didn’t read the article at all did you.

Aqua4U
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June 29, 2012 5:31 PM

LOL!

PhelanKA7
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PhelanKA7
June 29, 2012 3:01 PM

Dumb.

James Scott
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June 29, 2012 3:06 PM

That photo looks ridiculous.

Don Hutchings
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June 29, 2012 3:14 PM

How many permits etc. did you have to get for that explosion,and I wonder how many 999 calls where received.

Ryan Wilkes
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June 29, 2012 3:39 PM

there was no explosion. it was all cgi….

Lawrence B. Crowell
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Lawrence B. Crowell
June 29, 2012 4:04 PM

I watched this on the front UT page. I thought it might have been real until I saw the damage. A meteor that size would have sent that cab into flying shards and there would have been a crater several times the diameter of this rock. LC

joseluis7696
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joseluis7696
June 29, 2012 4:23 PM

Please leave stupid things aside. Not for this serious site.

forj
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forj
June 29, 2012 12:16 PM

why is this on Universe Today’s site?

Jonathan May
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Jonathan May
June 29, 2012 6:13 PM

Ugh, badly done. The distressing thing is that the very young might actually believe those physics are possible.

Sachiko Arvelius
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June 29, 2012 6:16 PM

Such size of meteorite damages not only a taxi but seriously a large area of London. It’s really ridiculous.

Jason Major
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June 29, 2012 7:12 PM

Wow. Some folks just have no sense of humor…

Gusssss
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Gusssss
July 1, 2012 8:16 PM

To be honest mate, I wouldn’t open with it next time eek)

Arthür Täylør
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Arthür Täylør
June 29, 2012 3:59 PM

That was an absolute disgrace. Awful, wrong, terrible looking. If this panto-level dross is supposed to promote science it’s little wonder than most people have such a poor grasp of even the basics.

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June 29, 2012 10:02 PM

That’s present-day TV and media for you! Who cares about boring real facts and real life? Shallow sensationalism sells big time everywhere!

Lorin Ionita
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July 2, 2012 11:47 AM

Actually if they wanted sensationalism they would have exaggerated the damage (although you could think of this also being exaggerated). The sound of the explosion was cool though.

kkt
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kkt
June 29, 2012 8:58 PM

I read Universe Today for news about astronomy, space flight, etc. This story belongs on Stupid Publicity Stunts Today.

hionthemountain
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hionthemountain
June 29, 2012 9:11 PM

Oh !! that was so real . . . !!

Kendall Paul Oei
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June 29, 2012 9:51 PM

Why would a science website have a mis-leading story that requires you to click on the story to find out that it’s a hoax? That’s a ding on UT’s credibility. This might be appropriate on April 1st…

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June 29, 2012 9:56 PM
Jason Major wrote: “Wow. Some folks just have no sense of humor…” Hmm, I really don’t know what to make of this story. Even though I agree with Jason that this story is hilarious, and that humor is never a bad thing, and possibly the PR stunt was made with a good intention to promote science, it is so badly and erroneously executed that in the end it does the opposite thing exactly, and leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. This is supposed to be a science show. And for my money, the first thing you have to remember in a science show is that you don’t have to slide to sensationalism to create a… Read more »
Kevin Frushour
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June 29, 2012 10:35 PM

Amusing, yes – but I didn’t like the fake-out in the title. I assumed it was real.

BertieSeyffert
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BertieSeyffert
June 29, 2012 11:12 PM
I could sense something was off when I read the “safe distance” thing… I mean come on, it’s not like it’s gonna jump up and bite you . And to everyone nipping at them for their absurdly inaccurate portrayal of a meteor impact, shame on you. Science is not about accuracy, it’s about imagination and wonder. Accuracy in practising science makes the science better, and accuracy in reporting the findings of science empowers the entire human race, but to demand accuracy from a PR stunt is simply idiotic. Just imagine how impressive this would have been if it was just some guy standing there at a booth holding a sign saying “Most meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere burn up… Read more »
Jason Major
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June 30, 2012 7:38 PM

Thanks Bertie. Sometimes even us science bloggers like a little fun now and then… especially when it involves smashed cabs and space rocks. I started liking space because of shows like Star Trek and Star Wars movies, like many people I bet, and while those definitely aren’t hard science, they are still fun and inspirational.

Lorin Ionita
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July 2, 2012 11:56 AM

Although I think it’s OK to sometimes have humor in science shows, it’s not good to have wildly unrealistic things happen in the presentation for the show. What if in the show, people who don’t quite know what a massive rock like that does, they watch an episode where a football sized meteor destroys a whole house. Wouldn’t that throw them off?

Kawarthajon
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Kawarthajon
June 30, 2012 12:43 AM

I’d be afraid that people would have thought it was some sort of terrorist bomb, especially in London where they’re sort of touchy about that sort of thing after the subway bombings, although I guess the smoke and bang may have been added to the video later.

ft_c
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ft_c
June 30, 2012 2:11 AM

science please…. this is a disgrace!

Andrew Meronek
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June 30, 2012 2:52 AM

Geez, they couldn’t even do some basic research to make the stunt look feasible on the edited film. Why a huge balloon of a boulder? Why not a rock the size of a golf ball and a hole in the roof of the car? I suppose that it depends on the target audience. If they want to appeal to people who know nothing and care nothing about what an asteroid impact actually does, this video may work great.

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