- The Welsh government responds to an opposition minister's query with a bit of Klingon
- It proves government ministers "came from another planet," the BBC quotes him as saying
(CNN)The question was about UFOs in the skies over Wales. The answer came in an alien tongue.
"jang vIDa je due luq. ach ghotvam'e' QI'yaH devolve qaS," was the reply, according to British media.
Time to panic? Call out the nukes to bring down the invading motherships?
Nah, it was apparently just a bit of good-natured ribbing by a liberal Welsh Labour government bemused by an out-of-the-blue inquiry from a conservative politician.
The government was using Klingon, the language of the race of warlike aliens of the same name on the "Star Trek" television series and movies. Fans have expanded the dialect into a full-fledged language with its own grammar and spelling rules.
According to the BBC and other outlets, Welsh politician Darren Millar recently passed along a few questions from a constituent about UFOs to the government minister responsible for science.
What he received in return seemed unintelligible but, properly translated, reportedly says, "The minister will reply in due course. However this is a non-devolved matter."
Further translated: We'll get back to you, but this is really a question you should ask the central government in London.
Millar, who spends most of his time on British health care as shadow health minister for the conservative Tories, took the response in stride.
"I've always suspected that Labour ministers came from another planet. This response confirms it," the BBC quoted him as saying.
Whatever the motive, the Welsh government scored "serious geek points" with the move, Twitter user @gkenvidal posted Monday.
Wales has had numerous UFO sightings over the years, including a 1974 incident in which a brilliant flash in the sky and a loud boom on the ground led some to conclude that a spacecraft had crashed in North Wales.
Nothing was ever found, and scientists -- presumably speaking in English -- said the incident was explained by the coincidental arrival of an earthquake and meteor.