Prime Minister John Key has likened the chances of the Government’s assets sales being delayed to that of a meteorite hitting earth …
He compared the chance that the sale of 49% of Mighty River Power could be delayed by court action to “a chance a meteorite will hit the Earth this afternoon”.
“But I don’t think that’s likely.”
Which prompted @ShakingStick to ask the internet the question How many meteors hit the Earth per day?
The answer, according to Answers.com:
Several thousands. Most of them are the size of a grain of rice or smaller. A few each day may be the size of a baseball or occasionally the size of a basketball.
Once a week or so, the Earth is hit by a rock the size of a car, and once every few months, we get hit by something the size of a house. A couple of months ago, a meteor the size of a house exploded over central Indonesia; it scared a lot of folks, but apparently did no damage.