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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

United Nations appoints official ambassador to extraterrestrials

umm yeeeaah i wil just let you read it

Ask any science-fiction fan who should be Earth’s official representative when first contact is made and I think one name immediately springs to everyone’s mind: Zap Brannigan. The United Nations doesn’t seem to agree, though: they’ve recently set up their own official greeting committee for alien life, and appointed at its head a decidedly more minor personage.
Her name is Dr. Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian-born astrophysicist. The United Nations has just declared her as the Head of the Office for Outer Space Affairs, an official ambassador to extraterrestrials, should Klaatu and Gort ever decide to come down to Washington D.C.
According to Othman, “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials.” She then went on to state that should we ever hear from aliens, the world should have a coordinated response to that momentous occasion, and argues that “the UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”
In other words, given the vast improbabilities of us ever coming into contact with intelligent extraterrestrials, Othman is now sitting on top of the most vacuous governmental position in the entire world and drawing a paycheck for her trouble. She might as well have been declared the Head of the Office for Invisible Zombie Robot Affairs, or Prime Minister of Funk.