Buddhist 'iron man' found by Nazis is from space. You know, you never expect in your life that you're going to post something that says "Buddhist 'iron man' found by Nazis is from space", that that's going to be a real headline. But, apparently, there was a meteorite that struck sometime between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago -- that's the 'from space' part -- somewhere near what today is the border between Russian and Mongolia, and one of the pieces was picked up and chiseled into a statue of Vaiśravaṇa, a character from Buddhist mythology -- that's the 'Buddhist' part -- and there was an expedition to Tibet in 1938-39, funded by the Nazi party, and they took it back to Germany, perhaps because it had a variant of the swastika symbol on it somewhere (not visible in the photo). And what just happened was some researchers tested the chemistry of the statue. And those of you who watched the 'Asteroids' video I posted yesterday (or was it the day before?) know that asteroids have different chemistry from earth rocks. And apparently the chemistry of this particular meteorite, called the Chinga meteorite, is known from other fragments of the same meteorite. So, there you go: Buddhist 'iron man' found by Nazis is from space.