On Sun, 3 Dec 2006 12:54:56 -0800, Larry Caldwell
>In article <pdccm2d66dipdb6on5guf54s6n3k216kbv@xxxxxxx>,
>eric.stevens@xxxxxxxxx (Eric Stevens) says...
>> From http://www.kstrom.net/isk/stories/authors/bonnin.html the Red
>> Bird story was told at some time before 1938, at which time very
>> little was known about meteor impacts, let alone cometary impacts. It
>> is extraordinarily unlikely that the author could have included
>> details of a type 2 event based on general knowledge. Unlikely as it
>> may seem, it is a real possibility that some time in the past somebody
>> has actually witnessed an impact and included the events in the story.
>In the Zoroastrian cosmology, the end of the world will happen when the
>Earth is struck by a comet. I always wondered if that implied that
>someone in the area actually witnessed an impact, perhaps associated
>with the close approach of a comet.
Do you have any idea of from when this idea dates?