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#1 spacemunkee

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:00 PM

https://www.usatoday...top/1532902002/

 

That's an expensive doorstop. 


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:13 PM

Funny.  This is not the first time I have read about a meteorite being used as a door stop.  I want to say one of my books about meteorites has the similar story.  It makes me wonder how many other meteorites are still being used as a door stops now.

 

My 10.2 lb Campo del Cielo meteorite won't be holding my door open any time soon. grin.gif


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:32 PM

Moved to Space Rocks Forum for better fit.



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Posted 05 October 2018 - 04:33 PM

Almost as good as Feynman's 10" solid gold hemisphere doorstop.


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 05:38 PM

Cool! On the other hand... that $100,000 bogie seems WAY over market value. Maybe 20x over? I guess if it is a RARE iron...? The story is certainlly worth some added value. My precious campo is 39 pounds... fell into my lap a few years ago.  Tom

 

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:34 PM

So funny the farmer dug it out of ground with his dad in 1930's. He knew what he had just never cared. 


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:59 PM

He kept it all those years and told the story. He cared about the meteor, just not about the cash....

 

BTW, I use a large piece of fossilized wood as a door stop....


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 07:15 PM

If I had something like that, I'd say it would be in a display case as with Tom. Or locked up.

 

But eh.. grab that there space rock to hold that door open. lol.gif 

 

I would probably hold onto it and not sell it myself.



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Posted 27 October 2018 - 09:17 AM

Hi,

 

This might be the other "door stop" meteorite that you are thinking of: Name:

 

Beaver
Location: Beaver County
Oklahoma
Type: Olivine-hypersthene chondrite L5

Around 1938 a farmer in Beaver County, Oklahoma, struck a large rock while ploughing one of his fields. He continued to hit the obstacle eight consecutive years before he finally dug it up and took it to his house. The local sheriff took the 25.628 kg rock "into custody" (presumably for causing an obstruction!), and it was sentenced to life as a door stop at the county jail where it remained for over 40 years. Many years passed before the stone was finally recognized as a meteorite in 1981 by Mr. Jim Westcott. ÝThe sheriff agreed to part with the stone only on the condition that Mr. Westcott find a replacement doorstop. ÝHowever, since there are no rocks in the that part of the Oklahoma panhandle larger than fist sized, Mr. Westsott was presentd with a formidable task! ÝFinally, Mr. Westcott was able to locate some concrete from a sidewalk that was being broken up and the sheriff agreed to the trade, and the Beaver was relieved from its law enforcement duties.

(from the MARE METEORITICS web page http://www.meteorfla...r-History.htm )

 

Here is a photo of a sample of this door stop in my collection.

 

Thanks,

 

Peter

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