The story about the meteor that recently crashed to earth in Peru (the crater it left boiled for 10 minutes giving off 'fetid gases') reminded me of one of my favorite childhood movies War of the Worlds. (Not the Tom Cruise remake). This 1953 classic starred Gene Barry who I had a big crush on ever since I saw the movie in reruns on TV (I also vaugely remember him as the suave rouge lawman "Bat Masterson" -- which might be the the reason I have a soft spot for suave rouges).

The New York Times reports on several theories swirling about regarding this meteor and why its emissions are making local Peruvians sick. Pravda suggests it was a nuclear-powered U.S. satellite spying on Iran and was shot down by our own military thus thwarting some kind of nuclear attack on Iran. Sounds kooky but then again... what about this...

From Pravda:

Western media reports are stating that the US spy satellite debris hitting Peru was caused by a meteor, but which, according to these reports, would be 'impossible' as the size of 30-meter crater, if caused by a meteorite, would have hit the ground with about as much energy as 1 kiloton tactical nuclear weapon, and which would have been recorded by the seismic stations around the World.

Still, this theory offered in jest by one blogger quoted in the Times just might be the ticket:

“Maybe it’s panspermic alien microbes."

Or tree-frog like creatures piloting spacecraft that look like vintage Cadillac bumpers.