Here in the US of A, many cities/towns have an organization called "Crime Stoppers", affiliated with a national organization of the same name. Here in Derby KS, we have such an organization - about which, although Hunky Husband is a "member", I know almost nothing. I know that, annually, there is a fund raiser. I know that there is an anonymous (telephone) tip line to which one may call in information about activities/crimes they have observed, and they sometimes offer a small reward for information on a particular crime.
I don't belong to the Derby Ks Crime Stoppers (BTW: there is a Crime Stoppers organization in the UK which came up on Google when I looked for Derby - which Google always interprets as being in the UK unless I tell it differently) and have never supported them in any way other than to lend them Hunky Husband and to give them moral support. Today, I'm asking for your help in solving a crime that is too large for the Derby KS Crime Stoppers: Pollution of the earth with carbon-14!
Please call in any tips that you may have to your local Crime Stoppers organization. Your identity will be protected. Citizens of the world: We must help our under-funded astronomers put the arm on the culprit!
BTW: The original Crime Stoppers organization was formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just seven years before I moved to that city. It's web site declares, "There are now more than 1,100 Crime Stoppers programs throughout the world, in 16 countries. And it all started HERE in Albuquerque. And, in addition to the original program, Campus Crime Stoppers is now in dozens of local schools, providing a safe environment for our K-12 students to learn and grow."
Stu reminds me:
Just FYI : There was a historically recorded comet collision with the Earth's atmosphere on 17 January AD 773.
It appears that the Slashdot.Com posting was not completely aware - and that I failed to exercise due diligence before re-posting. At NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) I find Mysterious abrupt carbon-14 increase in coral contributed by a comet abstracted, starting with the following paragraph.
A large and sudden increase in radiocarbon (14C) around AD 773 are documented in coral skeletons from the South China Sea. The 14C increased by ~ 15‰ during winter, and remain elevated for more than 4 months, then increased and dropped down within two months, forming a spike of 45‰ high in late spring, followed by two smaller spikes. The 14C anomalies coincide with an historic comet collision with the Earth's atmosphere on 17 January AD 773. Comas are known to have percent-levels of nitrogen by weight, and are exposed to cosmic radiation in space. Hence they may be expected to contain highly elevated 14C/12C ratios, as compared to the Earth's atmosphere. The significant input of 14C by comets may have contributed to the fluctuation of 14C in the atmosphere throughout the Earth's history, which should be considered carefully to better constrain the cosmic ray fluctuation.