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Friendly Reminder of the Week: Careful of Things That Fall From the Sky

In what could have been the opening to any number of sci-fi movies, horror movies, or comic book story arcs, a meteorite burned up in the skies over western Canada on Thursday, creating a bigass fireball, showing here:

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However, it’s obvious that we need some serious pop culture literacy in the world–because why should you have to say something like this, from Phil Langill, director of the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory at the University of Calgary: “So if anybody finds it, they should pick it up carefully with a Ziploc bag or something like that and not touch it with their hands.” Source.

You would never have to give that warning to anyone who has seen this:

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In fact, better yet: remember this cautionary tale that looks a bit…familiar…

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Remember, folks: sci-fi can be instructional as well. In the event of a national crisis involving a sci-fi-esque scenario…

1. Make sure you keep someone on speed dial who can instruct you on what to do in case of a sci-fi-esque emergency.
B. If nothing else, at least make sure you’re not the idiot who kicks the whole scenario off.

Thank you.

All of this sparked off by io9.