Mystery Space Ball Identified — Maybe
Shortly before Christmas, the revelation that metallic balls were falling from space made headlines around the world.
The precipitating event was the arrival of one of the spaceballs within the national confines of Namibia, where it was discovered in November.
According to a report by Agence France Presse (AFP), shortly before the mystery ball was found, “locals had heard several small explosions.” When the ball was found, it had apparently bounced or rolled “18 metres from its landing spot,” which AFP described as “a hole 33 centimetres deep and 3.8 metres wide.”
This, apparently, was not the first ball to fall.
AFP went on to say that “several such balls have dropped in southern Africa, Australia, and Latin America in the past 20 years....” This according to an Internet search conducted by authorities.
Of course, authorities might also have noted that a similar Internet search for “hollow earth aliens” will find “about 567,000 results” according to Google, proving without doubt that aliens live at the center of the earth.
Surely the balls from space are message buoys used by the hollow earth aliens!
But no — we find out instead from another reliable Internet source that the balls are actually hydrazine containers.
The popular blog Gawker, reports that one of its commenters has identified the spaceball.
The commenter, identified as “Thidrekr,” says the ball is “likely a 39-litre hydrazine bladder tank ... used on unmanned rockets for satellite launches, which would explain why they’re falling down in such a specific geographical footprint.”
That actually sounds believable.
And, of course, the Internet knows everything, including the fact that Elvis is alive and shopping at J. Crew stores.
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