On aliens, Russian premier says he "can't say how many of them are among us, because it may cause panic"

Dmitri Medvedev added that more details could be found in Barry Sonnenfeld's "Men in Black" films. This is an example of what the AP describes as "a sense of humor slightly more subtle than [President Vladimir] Putin's.


  1. It’s hard to imagine an American high government official making such a subtle joke. Because it would be plastered on the front of every supermarket tabloid as God’s honest truth.

    1. “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” —Ronald Reagan (August 11, 1984)

      Yeah, that one didn’t go over too well either.

    2. Reagan made a very similar joke, not to the press, but to Steven Spielberg.  The ‘Berg had just shown E.T. in the White House to Raygun and a bunch of dignitaries, and afterwards Ronnie looks at him without a hint of a smile, and says “You know, I’d say there are about 4 or 5 people in this room who know just how real that picture actually is!”  Everybody did a double-take and then started laughing.  I’d always assumed the incident was an urban myth, but Spielberg confirmed it awhile back in an interview with aintitcoolnews.  Great story.

    3. If Obama made this joke, the blogosphere would come alive with rumors he was planning to give the aliens green cards and free health care.

  2. If a major authority DID tell the world the truth that there are absolutely no aliens on the planet, people would still panic on the simple grounds that it must be a coverup.

  3. It would cause panic because there are none and the world is booooring.
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