Olympic torch equipped with "Klingon Cloaking Device" -- Now impervious to Int'l human rights protesters and even the media

Funny story written by Robert W. Armijo

Thursday, 10 April 2008

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The 2008 Beijing Olympic torch now upgraded with "Klingon Cloaking Device"

San Francisco, California - The 2008 Beijing Olympic committee yesterday ordered the Olympic torch vanguard to field test it newly installed "Klingon Cloaking Device" in San Francisco yesterday for the very first time, causing it to disappear from the sight of human rights protesters before their very eyes, the print media and even a live TV broadcast covering the historic event.

"I don't know what happen," said a protester who witnessed the Olympic torch disappear before his own eyes. "It was there one second and gone the next. It freaked everybody out, man."

"We were not sure it would work technically speaking," said a 2008 Beijing Olympic committee member. "Or how the general public or the media would react to it, if it did. But we were desperate and had to do something. Catchy name though."

The 2008 Beijing Olympic committee members realize that they are breaking with tradition in equipping the Olympic torch with a "Klingon Cloaking Device," hiding the Olympic torch in plain sight of everybody. Then have it decloaked in some undisclosed secret location. Moreover, they defend their actions saying:

"It's necessary evil," said a 2008 Beijing Olympic committee member. "Like when your kid's gold fish dies while they're away at summer camp, and you secretly replace it without them ever finding out. But they keep telling you that there's something different about "Goldie," that he's just not the same since they left for camp. They keep telling you that over and over again until you can't stand it any more so finally tell them, 'You want the truth? Well, you can't handle the truth!"

Anyways, the 2008 Beijing Olympic committee may be guilty not only violating the spirit (a.k.a. a paper tiger) of the event they are entrusted to steward, but more importantly they maybe in violation of Star Trek trademark infringements (something that has real teeth in it) for using the word "Klingon Cloaking Device" without written permission.

"Oh yeah man, we're going to sue them," said a spokesman for Gene Roddenberry's estate. "Not because they used a protected intellectual property right without written permission either. No. It's because Gene wouldn't want anything of his personal ambition for world peace to be used as a hypocritical front like the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That's why man. That's why."

None of the 2008 Beijing Olympic committee members would comment on the matter any further, sighting the pending litigation, except to ask for the location of the nearest pet shop.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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