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UK Media Fascinated by Stinky Peruvian Object From Space

By Keith Cowing
September 19, 2007

Peru meteorite crash ’causes mystery illness’, The Guardian

“A meteorite has struck a remote part of Peru and carved a large crater that is emitting noxious odours and making villagers ill, according to local press reports. A fireball streaked across the Andean sky late on Saturday night and crashed into a field near Carancas, a sparsely populated highland wilderness near Lake Titicaca on the border with Bolivia, witnesses said.”

Q&A: Do meteors make you ill?, BBC

“So could mass hysteria play a role? Symptoms could well be caused in part by what is known as a Mass Sociogenic Illness (MSI). There are countless examples of this through history and up to the present day.”

Hundreds ill after Peru ‘toxic meteor crash’, Telegraph

“Hundreds of people have suffered headaches, nausea, and respiratory problems after an object from space – believed to be a meteorite – crashed in southern Peru.”

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