NASA has announced that they have been closely monitoring the ‘Duchess of Curiosity’ as they have started to call their Mars Rover, following her recent erratic behaviour. ‘At first we thought it was just a virtual pregnancy caused by a software glitch, but now we have the scans, we know it’s real.’
The Duchess of Curiosity has developed a craving for ‘bucket loads of sand at 5 o’clock in the morning, which she then pukes up again in the form of tins of tuna fish. It’s playing havoc with the experiments,’ said a NASA spokesman.
NASA admit they have been trying to keep the lid on the new development, but everyone in space HQ say they have known she was pregnant for some time. ‘Call it a woman’s instinct,’ as one female rocket scientist put it. The latest scan shows an ‘eeny-weeny ickle Rover’ in a healthy state and growing at a remarkable rate.
‘The problem is,’ explained NASA, ‘we know she was an absolute virgin when she went up there, so where is this going? An immaculate birth at Christmas, singing Joy to the future King and heir to the throne of Mars? That’d give the god-heads something to think about.’
‘On the other hand,’ he continued, ’what sort of ghostly monster could be prowling the heavens, depraved enough to want to shag a mechanical digger?’ However, the announcement was interrupted by a voice from space, reverberating chillingly around the public address system in a North English accent. ‘Now then, now then, now then,’ it said, ‘how’s about that then?’