When today’s news is too terrible to bear contemplation, it’s tempting to seek refuge in the past. Here’s an interesting story from 1997:
NASA has been sued by three men from Yemen for invading Mars.
The three say they own the red planet, and claim they have documents to prove it.
“We inherited the planet from our ancestors 3,000 years ago,” they told the weekly Arabic-language newspaper Al-Thawri, which published the report Thursday.
Adam Ismail, Mustafa Khalil and Abdullah al-Umari filed the lawsuit in San’a, Yemen, and presented documents to the country’s prosecutor general which they say proves their claim. …
“Sojourner and Pathfinder, which are owned by the United States government, landed on Mars and began exploring it without informing us or seeking our approval,” the men charge.
Now that they know NASA will spend another four years being dismantled by someone who thinks its primary mission should be to help Muslims feel good about their imaginary contributions to science, the Yemenis ought to press their claim with renewed vigor.
On a tip from Ummah Gummah.