Since I posted my websites Lunar Meteorites and A Photo Gallery of Meteorwrongs, I have received a lot of e-mail. Some of it has been complimentary, for which I am grateful. Other e-mails have been intense, self-confident, enlightening, humorous, or insulting. Here are some quotations, arranged by category. I put these quotations here so that you know that there are other people out there who have had the same kinds of experiences that you may have had. Also, I have had some dissatisfied correspondents, and maybe you want to know about those, too — Randy Korotev



Thanks to KP for this one - probably the best!

Meteorwrong Song

Dear Doctor Korotev,
I think I found a meteorite

It has magnets sticking to it
so it must be a meteorite, right

You say "it has some magnetite",
that can't be right cause it's a meteorite

There's a nickel in it and it points north if I spin it
how could that not be a meteorite

I looked on google and know about rocks,
I just don't see how that means it's not

I think I can prove it's something
especially since I found it by a parking lot

It has all these white things in it
and looks like the pictures on your web site

And don't forget magnets sticking to it,
must mean it's a lunar meteorite

It's too big for a regular rock
and I think I heard it fall the other night

What's even better is it has these things
that are hard as heck and sparkle bright

So what do you think Doctor Korotev
can you test my lunar meteorite

What do you mean my rock has quartz,
you mean dilithium crystals and kryptonite

Don't forget all of these white things in it
my god, it's so obvious isn't it

There's a slight chance you might be right,
but I checked it out with a magnifying light

You should put it in your electron machine
and make sure that it's a lunar meteorite

It's a different color than the regular rocks,
that can't be, unless it's something, right

Looks like the rocks I see on the Moon,
so I'll send it overnight, alright

Dear Doctor Korotev I haven't heard back
so that must mean good news right

Dear Doctor Korotev, I knew I was right
BCC confirmed lunar granite meteorite

So you might be right, that could be quartz
I know now it has stellar grains of all sorts

I called CNN so you don't have to,
but they may call so you can tell them I'm right

Dear Doctor Korotev, you told CNN
meteorwrong, it's terrestrial granite

I don't see how that's even possible
with all of these neat little things in it

I'm gonna put it on eBay anyway,
I just found ten more today, yay




Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.