Here you have it " another reason not to leave your house in the morning: injury by "falling space debris."
A Tulsa woman holds the dubious record of being the only person ever to have been hit by CFN-coined "FSD," according to a recent report in The Oklahoman, coinciding with the United States' shooting down of a crippled spy satellite Feb. 21.
A postal worker, Lottie Williams was walking in a T-town park in 1997 around 3:30 a.m. (no explanation for that one) with several retired people (uh, ditto) when debris from a Delta II rocket hit " but did not hurt " her.
"It startled me," she told the Oke. "It was real dark. I thought it was somebody behind me. I didn't know what it was. It was bothering me real bad, so I kicked it into the light and saw it was burned."
Williams' assailant was likely one piece of about 12 million pounds (!) of FSD that's made it to earth in the last 40 years, according to the Center for Orbital and Re-entry Debris Studies, the Oke reported.
A sci-fi fan, Williams put on gloves (no joke!), then picked up the object, examining it with her peers in light beaming from car headlights.
"I didn't know what it was, or if it had toxic gasses in it or what," she explained to the Oke. "They don't really know if there's life out there or not, you know."
Uh, no, we don't, either.
Williams took home the bit of lightweight metal, which she said NASA didn't confirm was from a rocket until 2001, according to the story. But, she was afraid to have it inside, so she relegated it to the garage. A few years ago, robbers " we're not making this up " broke into her house, and damaged but left the debris.
"People don't know what it is, I think," Williams told the Oke. "It just looks like trash. "¦ I don't tell anyone where it is now. I have it in a very safe place."
The debris studies center noted the odds of being hurt by said trash is one in a trillion, but some have estimated the risk is more like one in a million, the story stated. Per CFN intern Bucky's research, one in a million odds makes getting hit by FSD more likely than being killed while riding a streetcar, according to National Safety Council statistics. Duck and cover.