2345: Wish on a Shooting Star
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This comic was published at the annual peak of the Perseids meteor shower. It is a common practice to make a wish when one sees a shooting star, in hopes that the wish comes true. This comic consists of a Venn diagram showing what things are commonly wished for upon seeing a shooting star, and what things the shooting star may cause. Shooting stars, as they are actually meteors, can only cause changes to physical phenomena, such as radio noise or the appearance of the sky as they burn up in the upper atmosphere. The only thing that is shared between the potential wish side of the diagram and the shooting star caused side is revenge. This would occur when a shooting star actually hits the planet, becoming a meteorite. This is frequently highly destructive, given the high speed of falling meteors. As such, it would be possible for the meteorite to hit something that someone for some reason or another wished revenge upon. However, given the massive surface area of the planet, the likelihood that someone's revenge would be "granted" by a meteorite would be very low. The title text makes fun of this by detailing several incidents where a meteorite landed and caused damage.
List of things that were damaged by meteors (from title text):
- On June 30, 1908 (Gregorian Calendar, Russia still used Julian and was recorded there as June 17), an airburst caused by the breakup of a 100-meter falling meteorite or comet with the energy of some 30 megatons of TNT flattened some 80 million trees over 830 square miles (2,150 km2) of land in central Siberia near the Tunguska River. Due to the remoteness of the area, no people were confirmed dead in the incident.
- On October 9, 1992, a meteorite damaged a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu in Peekskill, New York.
- On November 30, 1954, a fragment of a meteorite passed through the roof of a house and struck a woman named Ann Hodges. She survived.
- On February 15, 2013, a meteorite exploded in an airburst over Chelyabinsk, Russia, creating a shockwave that shattered windows in the area.
- The extinction of the dinosaurs around 65 million years ago is believed to be caused by an impact of a comet or asteroid. Randall mentions "non-avian" dinosaurs, as birds are descendants of dinosaurs (making them dinosaurs by definition), though they are not commonly thought of as dinosaurs.
Meteorites were most recently mentioned in 2328: Space Basketball.
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- [A Venn diagram is shown:]
- [The left circle is labeled "Things people wish for" and contains:]
- [The right circle is labeled "Things shooting stars can cause" and contains:]
- Radio noise
- Dust and ionized gas in the upper atmosphere
- Cool lights in the sky
- [The only item in the overlapping section is:]
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