[meteorite-list] "Crashed Through the Roof . . . Steaming Hot!"
From: Dave Andrews <dandre10_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:37:32 2004
Allan Treiman of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, also had the disguished
privilege of having all of his test results of this "meteorite" on Mikey
"Meteor-Mike-Gravion" Frasse's website...and still Mikey disputed all scientific
fact. If I remember right, it was all just common volcanic basalt. "But, it
wasn't there before." Meteor-Mike's on-line store was also good for a good
laugh....autographed this-and-that for $50, etc. I'm sure Dr. Treiman can
enlighten us more if he wishes. It did look just like a bran muffin and the
insects were a sight to behold.
> << There is actually quite a story that is associated with the Frasse
> meteorite. I believe the owner found several insects within the small
> cavities of his rock and offered them for sale on Ebay as Martian
> insects. I think he gave them very scientific names like "Spidey", etc.
> If anyone else remembers the story differently than me, lets us all
> know.......it was good for some great laughter back then. >>
> Yes, I had a long back-and-forth email with the guy's daughter at the time,
> and the whole story is really more pathetic than anything else. The guy's
> not a con-man, he really-and-truly believes that his rock is Martian, he
> actually believes that there is a "vast science-wing conspiracy" to keep his
> rock from being recognized as genuine. Several people, including Bob Haag
> and Dr. Rubin I believe, took very quick looks at it, but they obviously
> dismissed it immediately. And that was this guy's point - He felt like the
> rock never got the whole treatment from any lab within the mainstream
> scientific community, and that must mean that science is conspiring to
> prevent this phenomenal discovery from seeing the light of day. He put up a
> couple of miniscule little specks on ebay, with a starting bid of $1,000,000,
> and was downright puzzled that no one bid. If I remember correctly, it was
> after the $1M-specks failed to sell, that he "upped the ante" and offered the
> Martian insects. Geoff's mention of "scorched mud" reminded me of the
> silverware for sale on his website, from the ranch where the "Bran Muffin"
> was discovered, but he's evidently pulled that sale, undoubtedly from
> universal ridicule.
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