02 December 2014
November 30 has two odd, but cool anniversaries. Both events should have been windfalls for the people involved, but as fate often has it, both individuals died broke.
I am sure you get at least one link a day on Facebook telling you all the nifty ways one might use a Mason jar. ( FUN FACT: All Ball jars are Mason jars, but not all Mason jars are Ball jars. ) Still, John Landis Mason died broke. His patent expired in 1879 and and he expired in 1902. Sad but true.
So this particular day in 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on the sofa when she heard a crashing noise, the meteorite came through the roof, destroyed the radio and hit Hodges, leaving the enormous bruise; after all the space chunk was a good 8 pounds! After much Cold War paranoia, the rock was returned to Hodges, who could have sold it for big bucks...but there was a glitch. She rented the house and the owner claimed the rock was hers. So they fought over it until no one wanted it. Hodges ended up giving it to a museum and then having a nervous breakdown, leading to and early death.
Needless to say, this was about the biggest thing that ever happened to Sylacauga... until Jim Neighbors became Gomer Pyle!
The moral of this story is: if you get hit be a meteorite and you are a renter, share the wealth!