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This Town Celebrates Every New Year with a Falling [simulated] Meteor
universetoday.com ^ | January 3, 2014 | Susie Murph on

Posted on 01/03/2014 5:34:07 PM PST by BenLurkin

The popular jazz tune “Stars Fell on Alabama” was inspired in part by the Leonid meteor shower in November of 1833, sometimes referred to as “the night the stars fell.” But the central region of Alabama region has a history of meteor impacts, including a massive impact over 84 million years ago. The town of Wetumpka, Alabama sits in the middle of an ancient 8-kilometer-wide impact crater that was blasted into the bedrock, creating the unique geology of what is now Elmore County.

To celebrate this “striking” heritage, Wetumpka celebrates every New Year’s Eve with a spectacular recreation of a falling, exploding meteor.

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1 posted on 01/03/2014 5:34:07 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Great story. Been trying to find the recording of the time when I was in the Million Dollar Band. We did that song and it always brought tears to me eyes every time we played it. Still does.


2 posted on 01/03/2014 5:57:43 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

“My”


3 posted on 01/03/2014 5:58:30 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Frankie Laine Stars Fell On Alabama (very tasty)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvFi0NM0ZlA

Patti Page - Stars Fell On Alabama (very lovely)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WswuDLsVJQ


4 posted on 01/03/2014 7:19:25 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I always wondered about those “Stars Fell Over Alabama” specialty license tags, now I know. Went looking for some decent photos of the modern landscape showing the apparently very unusual geology in and around Wetumpka, found it here:

http://www.wetumpkaimpactcratercommission.com


5 posted on 01/03/2014 7:31:05 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: BenLurkin

Loveley and classy.


6 posted on 01/03/2014 7:39:44 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Cool site. Thanks!


7 posted on 01/03/2014 7:45:39 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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