The United Nations is set to appoint the first alien ambassador for any extraterrestrials who decide to land on Earth.
And if the above sentence reads like an April Fools' joke, try to remember that it's actually September and Mazlan Othman -- a Malaysian astrophysicist -- really is going to be appointed as the "first contact" for any extraterrestrials who happen to come here in the next few years.
Othman is the head of the UN's little-known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) and will describe her potential new role next week at a scientific conference at the Royal Society’s Kavli conference centre in Buckinghamshire.
According to Australian News Core:
Professor Richard Crowther, an expert in space law and governance at the UK Space Agency and who leads British delegations to the UN on such matters, said: “Othman is absolutely the nearest thing we have to a ‘take me to your leader’ person.
Here are a few reasons this is clearly of utmost importance right now:
It is TOTALLY likely: Othman will tell UN delegates this week that the recent discovery of hundreds of planets around other stars has made the detection of extraterrestrial life more likely than ever before. The UN must be prepared!
The UN is not that busy, anyway: Since the global economic crisis seems to be totally slowing down and everyone in the Middle East is like totally getting along, it's a great idea to have another focus. Why not aliens?!
Look to Tom Cruise: Look at any alien movie starring a mega star (like Tom Cruise who is TOTALLY NORMAL, by the way) and you will see how unprepared we are. Preparation is our first line of defense. Thank you to the UN for seeing this.
The UN is all about harmony: The UN never allows hate speech or bias to infiltrate their walls. They are unbiased and fair to all and would probably be the same for any aliens.
This is really so exciting. It would be impossible to even imagine a more important use of the UN's time or energy.
And I, for one, am just totally stoked about meeting all the little green space men.
What do you think of this?
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