Science: The Missile-Mile Affair

A lonely stretch of highway between London and Portsmouth has become known to the mystery-loving British as Missile Mile. In 1950 Radio Announcer Richard Dimbleby complained to the Surrey police that the windshield of his car had been shattered on that bit of road. The police refused to get excited until car after car suffered the same dam age on the same stretch of highway. After investigation, they announced that the windshields had been smashed by stones thrown up by speeding cars.

The local council ordered the road swept daily, but the damage did not stop, and theories multiplied. The police went...

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