According to legend, an
iron meteorite as big as a two-story house was known to the Bedouins. One of
them showed the location to two French Legionnaires, and was fatally
poisoned a few days later.
The Legionnaires noted the
episode in a journal, but when they went to find the "meteorite",
it was lost under the shifting sands of the Sahara, and was never seen
again. Sadly, the mystery was recently solved, the long-lost "Chinguetti
meteorite" turned out to be an enormous, natural bank of hematite. This
meteorite specimen was an unrelated find from nearby.