Must be Christmas. Further to: Why are the space aliens “science” but Bigfoot is “non-science” or “anti-science”?:
Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer.
They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church.
And it’s not the first time issues about ‘Huldufolk’, Icelandic for ‘hidden folk’, have affected planning decisions. They occur so often that the road and coastal administration has come up with a stock media response for elf inquiries, which states in part that ‘issues have been settled by delaying the construction project at a certain point while the elves living there have supposedly moved on’.
The project has been halted until the Supreme Court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known as Friends of Lava, who cite both the environmental and the cultural impact – including the impact on elves – of the road project. The group has regularly brought hundreds of people out to block the bulldozers.
Wipe that snicker off your face. You have no better reason, really, for believing that They’re Out There. Physicist Paul Davies— himself head of a group charged with figuring out what to do if aliens are spotted (the SETI Post-Detection Taskgroup)—has explained, “It’s now fashionable to say that the universe is teeming with life, but there is not a shred of evidence.”
Or if you have a better reason, state it. State it now.
See also Science Fictions.
Hat tip: Blazing Cat Fur