On October 4, 2019, writers at the British tabloid The Daily Expresspublishedfiveseparatearticlesabout 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.

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