Mars scientists make up fanciful back story for microbe

NASA scientists have concocted a story about ‘Mark the microbe’ to make Mars sound interesting.

The space agency’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has discovered an ancient lake that once contained microbial life of the most boring kind.

A NASA spokesman said: “Floating around in this primordial ooze there was a microbe and his name was Mark.

“He was a very special unicellular organism, despite lacking a face or any capacity for thought.

“He had adventures, amazing space adventures, these are to be confirmed but keep watching the news.”

He added: “This isn’t working, is it? OK Mars is basically a boulder, sorry about that but it’s not our fault.”

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Your astrological week ahead, with Psychic Bob

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Aquarius (20 JAN-19 FEB)
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Either the % counter on your Kindle is broken or you’re reading Marcel Proust.

Aries (21 MAR-19 APR)
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Gemini (21 MAY-20 JUN)
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Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Not you, mind. You’re a gobshite.

Scorpio (24 OCT-21 NOV)
Zip it, shrimpy.