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The UN Says We Need an Official Ambassador… to the Aliens?

If the aliens ever invade earth, we’ve now got a plan—stick a Malaysian astrophysicist out front to talk to them. That’s right, the UN is actually planning on appointing an ambassador just in case we make contact.

Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, is set to be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response if and when extraterrestrials make contact. Aliens who landed on earth and asked: “Take me to your leader” would be directed to Mrs Othman..

Update: Not too surprising that this is a hoax. Now you see why I used a cable-news-style question mark in the title!

UN to appoint space ambassador to greet alien visitors [Telegraph]

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  • Published 09/27/10

Comments (6)

  1. vistamike

    Presumably tutored in the Aliens mother tongues?

  2. d

    Let’s be proactive and move the UN to outerspace. Or better yet, to Malaysia.

    It seems that when people get appointed to eletist positions, spending other peoples’ money, that their brains go numb, and these kinds of goofy ideas become reality.

  3. Squelch

    Can we make Sarah Palin 2nd in line, in case they vaporize Othman? If they get a load of her, they’ll leave us alone.

  4. Pippin

    This is scary, what do they know that we don’t. Not much I’m guessing.
    Squelch beat me to my comment, if the aliens are in a bad mood that Othman guy is toast, literally.

  5. Mark

    People are getting creepy this days. In my country there are too many witches and now aliens? UN is getting insane. UN always wanted one world government and this time marvin the marshan. Haha hahaha….God help this forsaken world.

  6. Roi

    Guys, its a Mrs. Othman, not a guy :P

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