Picture: NASA APOD 17/2/2008
Texas, Tuesday 19 February 2008:
Police announced today that they are assisting government scientists in a rather unusual "manhunt". They are searching for the source of a mysterious radio emission which has caused an area of space to become "cooked".
"It's just like someone's microwaved space", said the chief scientist leading the expedition. "We've never seen anything like it.". The area could cause a hazard for space shipping, but fortunately NASA have already launched their latest probe, and a special clean-up operation is now being planned for 2009.
"Basically, various particles of cosmic dust have been cooked. They have formed something that is a little bit like a very large piece of burnt food. Maybe a little like an overcooked onion ring. We plan to take a sample back to earth for proper analysis."
It is rumoured that the sample will be tasted by Martha Stewart, although officials refused to confirm this.
Meanwhile, the source of the emissions has been traced to Texas, where the hunt is on to find out what is doing this. Unfortunately, they stopped abruptly on Friday, and haven't been detected since.
"One of my scientists thinks it's a faulty microwave", said the Chief, "but I think that's a silly idea."
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