How Anne Hodges' Life Was Ruined by a Cursed Meteorite

How Anne Hodges' Life Was Ruined by a Cursed Meteorite

Very few people in recorded history have the distinction of being on the receiving end of a meteorite. In fact, there’s only one person with proof: Anne Hodges, an Alabama woman struck by a football-sized rock from outer space.. and lived to tell the tale. You’d think only someone awfully fortunate could survive an ordeal like that, but after the meteorite hit its mark, Ann Hodges became anything but lucky. You might even say she was cursed. In late November of 1954, Ann Hodges was in the middle of an afternoon nap in her home in Sylacauga, Alabama, when a large rock came crashing through her ceiling, bounced off her radio, and struck her in the side, leaving a massive bruise. It had come from outer space, and the 8.5 pound meteorite was still warm to the touch. At the same time, locals had reported seeing “a bright reddish light like a Roman candle trailing smoke,” with incredible explosions that stemmed from “a fireball, like a gigantic welding arc.” It didn’t take long for word to get out about woman who’d been hit with one of the space rocks, and within days, her front lawn became ground zero for curious locals who wanted to catch a glimpse of her “pineapple-shaped” bruise and the meteorite that caused it. News networks from all over the world were clamoring with an interview with Ann Hodges, but it was the government who had a particularly keen interest in her experience. It was the height of the Cold War, and the military, fearing that the meteorite was a chunk of a secret Soviet satellite – or worse, a weapon – confiscated the rock, much to Anne’s dismay. “I feel like the meteorite is mine,” she said. “I think God intended it for me. After all, it hit me!

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