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Alien ambassador appointed by United Nations?

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When the little green men show up on their space shuttle, they might have trouble finding a leader to talk to.

Despite some of the most promising science fiction reports out there, the United Nations will not be appointing an ambassador to extraterrestrials.

The Martian madness began with a report in the London Telegraph that "Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity's response if and when extraterrestrials make contact."

Othman was appointed the director of the United Nations' Office for Outer Space Affairs in 1999. According to the Telegraph story, the scientist would announce her new role at a Royal Society conference in Buckinghamshire next week.

The real life "Men In Black" story burned through the Internet, but the Guardian has stopped all the alien fun by actually asking Othman about her supposed appointment.

Othman sent the paper an e-mail saying, "It sounds really cool but I have to deny it." She will be attending a conference next week, but she'll be talking about how the world deals with "near-Earth objects."

Though, perhaps just like the alien ambassadors in the movie "Men in Black," Othman could be keeping the job a secret. No aliens could be reached to confirm or deny this story.

By Melissa Bell  | September 27, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
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Comments

A good reminder of the level of the British so-called press. Publishing ludicrous crap without even trying to contact the people they mention. Congrats for being lamentable.

Posted by: Sensi23 | September 27, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm,

Mazlan Othman

M azlan

Othman

M. Othman

MOthman

Mothman

Posted by: cjpmann | September 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That no space aliens could be reached to comment on this story clearly implies that our secret galactic overlords have no wish to dispute the allegation.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 27, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

umm Let me get this straight...
we're trying to establish communication with ETs yet we haven't established proper communication with each other. What ETs in their right minds would want to talk to us? Just look at us!!!!!!! we are still the same barbarians from thousands of years ago...we just have better tools...but everything else is still the same. Oh yeah and all those who say they are spiritual and "I'm just a soul having a human experience...but don't touch my stuff!!!" yeah we got that! HA!
Once we establish peaceful and loving communication on this planet with each other then I'm sure some ETs will consider sending us a signal. Until then I'd personally like to tell them to keep away at least two galaxies from ours because you never know how much destruction our unstable kids on the government levels can accomplish together. There's nothing like bunch of 6 year-olds playing with dangerous weapons. God help us all! One love

Posted by: sunshine2012 | September 27, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Ambassador"Othman should come to St Paul, Alberta, Canada - home of the UFO Landing Pad since 1967!

St Paul's UFO landing pad website:
abheritage.ca/stvincent-stpaul/st_paul/community_UFO_en.html

Posted by: JohnnyCanuck2 | September 27, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I want to go on record as nominating Sigourney Weaver as official spokesperson for initial alien contact. I've seen what she can do in the case of hostile other-world entities, and I want her as the first human they meet.

Posted by: RagManX | September 28, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The only reason another race would come here was if their food source had run out. Therefore, I nominate Oprah. That will give them enough to chew on while the rest of us run away!

Posted by: sizzle3 | September 28, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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