The Shooting Star: Can the end of the world be as near as what the famous astronomer Professor Phostle announces to Tintin? It sure is, judging from what shows up on Phostle's telescope: an enormous and newly discovered fireball plunging at full speed, on a crash collision course with our planet! The Broken Ear: A small Arumbaya wooden statue has been stolen in a museum...before being returned. But Tintin's keen eye tells him that instead of the original artifact, a mere replica was substituted. Why was this apparently small theft so carefully disguised? It's off to South America for Tintin, where he thinks the key to the enigma lies.