ann hodgesAn Alabama woman in the United States had a unique experience of her life as she became the first documented case of a person being struck by a meteorite falling from the sky.
Hodges never intended to be famous, but when he was thrown into the national spotlight In 1954 an extraterrestrial rock interrupted his nap.
In the nearly 58 years since that day, Hodges and his strange story remain a source of fascination., How did Ann Hodges get a meteorite in her body? And, most of all, how did he survive After Impact? There were few questions from those who knew his adventures.
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Mary Beth ProndzinskiThe one who is responsible for the collection at the Alabama Museum of Natural History, where the meteorite is on display, wrote in the facility’s memoir, “It’s one of those local legends that not many people know about.”
Although asteroid day It is observed every 30 June to commemorate the Siberian Tunguska event, the largest asteroid impact on Earth in recent history. However, the story of Ann Hodges should be taken into account.
it all happened when The threat of both the atomic bomb and aliens invaded the fear of the population., so it’s not weird Residents of the small town of Alabama began calling 911 when they saw the fireball.
According to the report of Decatur Daily Media, Many thought they were witnessing a plane crash.
Ann Hodges rented a house with her husband in the Oak Grove community. ,Incredibly, across the street was the Comet Drive-in, which had a neon sign depicting a comet falling from the sky,” Decatur Daily News reported.
How did the meteorite get on Ann Hodges’s foot?
Hodges, then 34, was at home with his mother on the afternoon of November 30., According to the exclusive magazine Slate, the meteorite hit the roof of the Hodges House at 2:46 p.m.
The post says “Ann Hodges sleeping on the sofa in her living room and under a blanketWhich probably saved his life in a way,” Prondzinski said.
“The meteor came down from the living room ceiling and sprang from a stand-up console radio that was in the bedroom and landed on his hipChronicle added.
Her mother, who was in the other room, heard her scream and ran to help her daughter. Afterwards, neither Hodges nor his mother knew what had happened to him.,
“She just knew that something had hit herProndzinski said. “They found a meteorite, a big rock, and they couldn’t figure out how it got there.”
Prondzinski theorized that the meteorite was composed of iron and nickel., According to Smithsonian magazine, it was estimated to be 4.5 billion years old.
When the meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere, it broke apart. One piece struck Hodges, while the other was located a few miles away by a farmer. Julius Kempis McKinney who discovered the piece while driving a mule-drawn carriage.
McKinney later sold it for enough money to buy a house and car.according to him Decatur Daily News,
“Before defining what fell from the sky, everyone in the city wanted to see what happened,” Prondzinski said.
“There was no social media then, but of course word spread quickly,” Prondzinski said.
The doctor and the police were called to the house. And Mayor Ed Howard also attended. They discovered the hole in the ceiling where the meteorite had crashed.
According to eyewitnesses, the meteor impact left a large “grapefruit”-shaped bruise on Hodges’s hip.
,She was taken to the hospital, not because she was seriously injured that she needed to be hospitalised, but because she was very upset by the whole incident., He was a very nervous person, and he didn’t like all the slander and everyone around him.”
Hodges’s husband, Eugene, came home from work and found his home surrounded by crowds. He soon realized what was happening.
“I think the fact that she went through the roof, slowing her trajectory, if she had taken full impact, she would have broken her leg or her back. It might not have killed him, but it would have hurt him even more.Prondzinski said.
“The Air Force saw it because they thought it was a flying saucer and all that crazy stuff,” Prondzinski said.
The fight for Ann Hodges to own the meteorite that killed her
After being confirmed to be a meteorite, Hodges faced a lengthy litigation process to regain his assets, His landlady, Birdie Guy, believes that the meteorite belongs to him because she is the owner of the house.
“The only way out is to sue the government for the meteorite that hit me,” Hodges said on a television show at the time.I believe that God has destined it for me. In the end, it hit me,
according to him Decatur Daily News, Hodges needed money to fix the roof of the house, The litigation lasted a year, and Prondzinski said Guy settled for $500. Eventually the house burned down and was demolished to make way for the mobile home park.
Hodges became an overnight celebrity and even appeared on a game show.
Ann Hodges became famous at onceAnd. “She was invited to come to New York to appear on The Gary Moore Show, I’ve Got a Secret, where the jury had to guess what her profession was or what happened to her, why she was a remarkable person. ,” Prondzinski said.
Hodges received fan letters from churches, children, and teachers asking about the meteorite.But none of them responded, leaving it in the hands of his lawyer.
“He was a very private person,” Prondzinski said. “He didn’t like all the slander.”
Ultimately, Hodges decided to donate the meteorite to the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It was not a decision made for a scientific question, But because it took many arguments in pairs.
The husband wanted to earn money from the meteorite, but the buyer could not be found. And the tension only subsided when they got divorced in 1964.
Finally, in 1972, Ann Hodges died in a nursing home. He was 52 years old.