Ah, it appears we got a bit over-excited there. We just saw the headline and thought the aliens had finally come out of hiding. But the 'space ship' in Los Angeles is actually the Nasa space shuttle Endeavour, strapped to the back of a massive truck, snaking its way through the Californian streets from the airport to its final resting place at the California Science Centre.
But this very near miss made us think: are we ready for an alien invasion? Probably not. So now's as good a time as any to remind ourselves of the top 5 ways to survive an alien invasion.
Don't run away. If there's one thing we've learned from sci-fi movies - apart from the fact that no one ever goes to the toilet - it's that it's the guys and gals that run away screaming that always get vapourised. So make like a musical statue and they might just pass you by.
Stick with Will Smith. If anyone can defeat them it's him. Sure, we understand that he's not really the characters he plays onscreen but the aliens don't know that. If they've seen clips from Independence Day on YouTube, they'll poop their pants when they see him. Let's hope they wear pants or it could get rather messy.
If the aliens ask you to "take me to your leader" tell them your leader's just started a one-year sabbatical and can they please come back in a year's time. You never know, it might just work.
Make sure you stick together with a member of the opposite sex. If everyone else dies, the future of mankind rests on your shoulders. Well, your reproductive organs. Your shoulders will be no help at all...unless you're into the kinky stuff.
If all else fails and you can't beat 'em, claim political asylum and join them. You never know, you might start actually enjoying anal probes.
As for Nasa's Endeavour, it's still making its way along the LA highways at a far-from-lightspeed snail's pace of 2mph. As you can imagine, not all the locals are pleased. "This is ludicrous," said Humpty Daniels, a car thief from Brentwood, "I stole this car seven hours ago so I could get me a McDonald's breakfast at the drive thru but I've been stuck behind this intergalactic parade ever since. I'm starving. If they've stopped serving breakfast by the time I get there, I've a good mind to nick Endeavour. That'll teach 'em."
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