I came across this story from 2010 – a Bosnian man, Radivoke Lajic, says that his house has been hit six times by meteorites. According to the story, that the rocks are meteorites has been confirmed. Assuming that this guy actually has several meteorites, I see a few possibilities:
a) he is lying or deluded about his house being struck by meteorites, and acquired the meteorites by some other way
b) some physical property of his house or the layout of the land attracts meteorites
c) we happen to live in one of the universes within the infinite multiverse that has this incredibly rare statistical anomaly of one house getting struck six times by meteorites
d) aliens are targeting his house and lobbing meteorites at him (Lajic’s own theory)
Are there any possibilities, like a magnetic anomaly, for option b?
I don’t know of any other towns that have been targeted multiple times by large meteorites (defined as “at least the size of a marble”), let alone individual houses. I’m calling “error” or “hoax”.
Here are some possibilities:
1.) He’s making it up, and bolstering his story with meteorites obtained elsewhere.
2.) His house was hit once by a meteorite, and he misinterprets other sounds and vibrations as more meteorite hits, then goes looking for the meteorite and finds other pieces of that first one. Once he finds them, of course, he stops, so he doesn’t find the other pieces, until his next misinterpreted meteorite strike, when he goes out prospecting again. I like this interpretation – it doesn’t require him to be a liar, and meteorites have been known to fracture in the air or on impact. And it doesn’t require a statistical anomaly. (If this is the case, all his meteorites will be identical – no mixture of stony meteorites and iron-nickel ones.)
I don’t buy the other ideas, including being targeted by aliens. Aliens are known to have rotten aim.
I’d have thought that a magnetic anomaly strong enough to affect the trajectory of a meteor would be noticeable in other ways. Compasses going crazy, cutlery jumping out of drawers, that sort of thing.
I’d say it’s a toss up between a and c.
The thing with statistics and probability is that you have to spread this unlikely event across the whole Earth. The chances of a particular house being hit by a meteorite? Mind-bogglingly low. The chances of some random house, somewhere on the planet being hit? Probably fairly high actually, that’s something that happens often enough that it generally only merits a local news report (usually just before the funny/human interest bit about talking dogs or whatever). The chances of one of those houses being hit again? Getting lower, but not amazingly low (let’s say one in 10 million). That’s probably happened somewhere in the world a few times before. Six times? Well, the chances are staggeringly low, but still not impossible.
I don’t have an answer regarding the frequency of impacts, but if it is true then we’d like to inspect the materials used to contruct his house and how they have survived impact and attendant acoustic shock of six seperate meteorite attacks. This would be useful in bulding a protective shield for the ISS and other large satellites against orbital debris. They also might check if he’s been protecing his house against the thermal blast by painting it with that mytomagical Starlite thermal protection material that pops up every few years in the popsci press.
I was putting Christmas lights up on my house and found a hole on the edge of my roof. Whatever made it put a dent on the wood below, then must have rolled down the eve and is sitting at the bottom. I want to stick a GoPro or something in there to see if I have a space rock.
That would be cool! But five more times? Not so much.
I don’t believe it. Let’s say that the chance of your house having ever hit by a meteor is one in a million. I suspect that is much too high, but let’s go with it. Then the chance of its having happened twice is one in trillion. Let us say there a billion houses in the world, including mud huts in Africa. So there is one chance in a thousand that there exists, somewhere in the world, a house that has been hit twice. Almost surely not but just this side of possible. Now 6 times? One chance in 10^36. I will accept virtually any other possibility over this.