Family doorstop turns out to be 4 billion-year-old meteorite

October 22, 2012

The damned thing laid around long enough doing nothing. Nice to know someone put it to good use!  – via Yahoo! News.

The doorstop on Donna and George Lewis’ porch traveled a long way to get there.

The 33-pound rock, something of a family heirloom, was found in a cow pasture near Tazewell, Tenn., in the 1930s by Donna Lewis’ grandfather, the late Tilmon Brooks.

The object of curiosity, which long served as a doorstop and a garden ornament and had even been painted green, turns out to be a very rare and very real meteorite, possibly 4.5 billion years old.

It wasn’t until George Lewis put a metal detector to the object—and it read off the charts—that the couple realized this was no ordinary rock.

When the Lewis family brought the object to Jerry Cook, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Eastern Kentucky University, he suspected it was special.

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