Some players like to bring "starter kits" with them into new worlds. I'm thinking about it too, for my next playthrough. Mostly uncommon building materials, which i wouldn't run into until hardmode, so i can, for example, start building my base out of pink, bouncy slime or "Bubblegum Bricks" from day 1, if i wanted to.
Others just wish to mine faster at the beginning or bring a weaker rare weapon with them, so they can get some more value out them. I always find Bone Pickaxes long after i got a much better pickaxe, rendering it totally useless, so maybe i bring one into a new world too, when 1.3.1 launches.
Back on topic: EoC getting killed from falling stars actually happens more often than you'd think. At least enough for the wiki to mention it.