In the words of the noted barnyard bard and alarmist Chicken Little, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"
Well, at least a hunk or two of it is.
On Friday morning, a large meteor made a sudden, unexpected landing in the Ural Mountains near the Russian City of Chelyabinsk, triggering a sonic boom shock wave that blew in doors, smashed out windows and sent at least 43 people to the hospital.
On Friday afternoon, a 150-foot diameter asteroid passed within 17,000 miles of Earth, closer to our home planet's surface than many of the communications and weather satellites now orbiting it.
Thankfully, NASA has a plan in place to identify, track, and if possible, steer particularly threatening Near Earth Objects (NEOs) like asteroids away from our planet by equipping them with solar sails or rocket motors, or by setting off nearby explosions to alter their course.
Since the Steelhammer Compound's Cracked Foundation Foundation has so far failed to generate the funds needed to facilitate certain structural upgrades, I feel it's my patriotic duty to offer the structure and its surrounding dog run and pine disease test plot to NASA as an emergency NEO landing zone.
All I ask in return is adequate warning, relocation expenses and a beachfront replacement compound of equal or greater size at NASA's now-quiet Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.