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February 21, 2020 08:38AM

On October 4, 2019, writers at the British tabloid The Daily Express published five separate articles about what they claimed were killer asteroids careening toward the Earth.

At the Express, this seems fairly typical. It’s rare for a day to go by without the newspaper warning, or heavily implying, that a deadly space rock is about to annihilate civilization. Between September 7 and October 8, for instance, we counted 87 Express articles about killer asteroids — which works out to an average of nearly three doomsday space posts per day.

If these sensational headlines — our favorite might be “Asteroid warning: Deep impact predicted for 2069 claims Nostradamus prophecy expert” — are to be believed, Earth would be under a constant barrage of catastrophic asteroid hellfire. Which is strange, of course, because as far as we can tell, we’re still alive.

The explanation likely has more to do with the business model of online publishing than astrophysics: the paper has probably figured out that running thinly-sourced, out-of-context headlines about an imminent asteroid Armageddon gets clicks.(https://futurism.com/tabloid-killer-asteroids-every-day)

Wiki on the Daily Express - [en.wikipedia.org]

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Awful Tabloid Predicts a Killer Asteroid Almost Every Day

Paul H. February 20, 2020 08:41PM

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Hermione February 21, 2020 08:38AM

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