Bookies slash the odds on aliens being discovered after astronomers find "earth-like" planet

William Hill cut the odds on proving the existence of extra-terrestrial life from 1,000-1 to 100-1.

“We felt we had to react to the news that an Earth-like planet which could support intelligent life had been discovered — after all, we don’t know for sure that intelligent extra-terrestrial life has not already been discovered, but is being hushed up,” said spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Astronomers reported they they had found a “super-Earth” more than 20 light years away, the most intriguing world found so far in the search for extra-terrestrial life.

For William Hill to pay out on an aliens bet, the prime minister has to confirm officially the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life within a year of the bet being placed.

“We have come a cropper before when, in the early 1960s, we offered 1000/1 about man walking on the moon before 1970,” said Sharpe.

Just in time for consultants for the Defence Department and NASA, Travis Taylor and Bob Boan, to save the day with their recently released primer, “An Introduction to Planetary Defense.”

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