Hollywood has a long and fruitful history of making disaster movies that feature large quantities of humans being wiped out by “off-planet” forces: asteroids, solar flares, aliens, and so forth. From Armageddon to Deep Impact to War of the Worlds to Independence Day, we eat this stuff up like candy.
So how many people in history have been killed by space matter or aliens?
None. (Well, there was a dog that was allegedly killed by a meteorite in Egypt in 1911. But the single eyewitness account was pretty sketchy, so the story is considered to be the Egyptian version of crop circles, or Bigfoot.)
How about people being killed by events originating from this volatile, molten planet we live on? Well, last year alone, the figure was over 250,000.
You’d think we would have examined this place a little more closely. Continue reading