Late last night a website for Australian Research and Space Exploration (ARSE) was launched.
It's fake obviously. But I wish it was real. I wish it was real so hard.
This is really good. There's a Twitter account...
— Space Australia (@space_aus) 26 September 2017
And an Instagram account. You can even buy t-shirts.
The best part of the whole ARSE thing (or the ARSEwhole?) is how straight it's all being played. There's no Uranus jokes, no rocket=penis jokes. Nothing. Other than the acronym, there's literally nothing to suggest this site isn't legit — besides the fact the website isn't a '.gov.au' address.
We've tried to get in contact with the creators of this fine website. Part of me wants them to keep up the joke, Ali G style, but we'll update if we hear back.
Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.