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Is Scottish Meteorite A Warning Of Klingon Invasion? July 17, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Art,Conventions/Events/Attractions,Great Links , trackback

Is the Earth in peril of being taken over by Star Trek’s Klingon Empire? Well if you are to believe the carvings on a meteorite found on a mountain bike trail in Scotland, our planet has been claimed for the Empire and the invasion will start soon.


Klingon invasion starts in Scotland?

There is what appears to be a meteorite on a mountain bike trail in Glentress Scotland. Although it doesn’t look like a fresh landing, there is still what seems to be a path gouged out in the forest suggesting its path of landing. But the real mystery is when you look closer and see that there is an inscription on the rock. Here is a photo.

The Glentress "Meteorite" (Photo: The Scotsman)

The above picture doesn’t show the full inscription on the six ton marble ‘stane’, which is:

Vu’Ha’mo’nganpu’u"a’vaD yuQvam DoQ tlhIngan wo’Mab mub ‘oH naghvam’e’Tugh mapaw, Sanna’llj wlwuqta’

Any Star Trek fan should be able to recognize the inscription is not the ancient Scottish language or even any language of this Earth, but it is indeed Klingon! And the ominous English translation is:

Due to bad management by its current inhabitants, the Klingon Empire claims the right to take this planet for the benefit of the greater universe. This rock is an official legally binding claim marker. We will be arriving soon, your future is assured.

So should we all start learning Klingon and the ways of Kahless to prepare for our subjugation to the Empire? Perhaps not. As it turns out the Meteorite is one of seven different sculptures commissioned by the Scotland Forestry Commission (and partially financed by the EU). In 2008 the "7 Stanes" mountain biking centers opened in southern Scotland and each features a stone sculpture or ‘stane’ (stone in the Scots language). The sculptures were created by artist Gordon Young who has just revealed the truth about the Glentress stane to the Scotsman, saying he chose the Klingon theme as a fun tribute to Star Trek and because he "heard that Scotland was a stronghold of Trekdom".  The apparent gouge created by the meteorite can also be explained as it was artificially created by The Forest Commission to enhance the mystery.

Another angle of the Glentress "Meteorite" (Photo: Gordon Young)

Pretty cool for a work of public art. Q’Pla!

To learn more about the 7 Stanes Bike trails and sculptures visit the official site at or the artists’ official site at .


1. NCC-73515 - July 17, 2010

Mab should be mab and Tugh should be tugh.
And Q’Pla ahould be Qapla’
No offense, but I love Klingon ;)

2. mikephys - July 17, 2010

Oh my.

3. Dalek - July 17, 2010

#1 Yes but the Queen’s English says it is “Flavour”, “Colour” and “Recognise”. But the American spelling is “Flavor” “Color” and “Recognize”.

Klingoneese has this variation on spelling after they slaughtered their Queen and replaced her with a Chancellor! As this is the 21st Century, this event is yet to happen!

4. NCC-73515 - July 17, 2010

I see. It could be no’ Hol :D

5. jas_montreal - July 17, 2010

did boborci go all the way to scotland to inscribe the meteorite to market the trek sequel, which will contain Klingons as the main villain ?

6. Austin J - July 17, 2010

@#5 if the klinks are the villain in number two, I am not going to pay a dime to see it. I would really like a new villain, or to re-visit something that is under appreciated. MAYBE Romulans, MAYBE.

7. NCC-73515 - July 17, 2010

I’d like to see a young Chang :D

8. jas_montreal - July 17, 2010

@ 6.

Romulans have been done in the past 2 movies (nemesis and trek 09′). Enough with Romulans already ! Lets see Khan or Klingons. The heart and soul of awesome bad-ass’ness in trek.

9. jas_montreal - July 17, 2010

I still think this is Paramount Marketing in collaboration with JJ and the team.

10. CmdrR - July 17, 2010

Space hippies or I’m not going!

11. Spocko - July 17, 2010

I can see the newsman on tv now: It appears that the Earth is under a hostile invasion by a powerful alien race. Humanity seems doomed with all hope lost…I for one welcome our new Klingon overlords.

12. Vultan - July 17, 2010


I’m hoping for Gorn. If not that, let’s see something new.

13. Captain Dunsel - July 17, 2010

@9. jas_montreal “I still think this is Paramount Marketing in collaboration with JJ and the team.”

Not a chance in . Paramount has never come even this close to respecting .

(and by the way, the first “v” should be lowercase. It’s correct on the stone, but I suspect the text of the article was betrayed by automatic capitalization.)

14. James Lytle - July 17, 2010

So disappointed, when I saw this I got so excited thinking an ARG was kicking off again. Couldn’t wait to participate with my m8s again cause that was a blast. Still cool slice of trekdom though!

15. =A= - July 17, 2010

this is fake ha ha ha..

16. Buzz Cagney - July 17, 2010

#15 you think?

17. Buzz Cagney - July 17, 2010

#12 I’m with you. Lots of gorn. Loads of ’em. And they eat Klingons for breakfast.

18. CarlG - July 17, 2010

@3: The Chancellor’s Klingon? ;)

19. Vultan - July 17, 2010


Yeah, Klingon Pepto blood omelets with a side of Romulan bacon.

20. Collegeboy8907 - July 17, 2010

Oh please! I wonder what’s going to get here first asteroid apock-head of whatever it’s name is or the kling-at empire.?

21. Harry Ballz - July 17, 2010

“Klingons don’t take prisoners!”

Never mind that, more importantly…………….Klingons don’t wear kilts!

22. ncc50446 - July 17, 2010


@21 haha a Klingon in a kilt…Would make for a great second movie!

Got to love the Scottish!

23. Harry Ballz - July 17, 2010

They asked a Klingon:

Q: is there anything worn under your kilt?

A: no, everything is in fine working condition!

24. Sheldon Cooper - July 18, 2010

Nice of the Klingons to translate to the Roman alphabet for us.

The next villain should be Evil Wil Wheaton. Wheatooooooon!!

25. captain_neill - July 18, 2010

Well the Klingons were in a majority of the TOS movies. If the Klingons are done then I think there would need to a mixture of smooth head Klingons and the ridged forehed klingons.

I do hope they do something fresh and new with the next film.

26. HarryDog - July 18, 2010

The Klingons will get their butts kicked if they come to Scotland first. They have been warned

27. Flake - July 18, 2010

Samuel L Jackson as a Klingon, Chang style (minimal makeup)

28. Carl Geffers - July 18, 2010


I’m so with you on this! SINGING and DANCING Space-Hippies – nothing would be cooler and more dangerous to the new Crew!

29. Buzz Cagney - July 18, 2010

#26 if they land in Glasgow on a Saturday night they will!
You ever seen a Klingon cry and ask for his mummy? lol

30. greenappleman7 - July 18, 2010

Q’wut lol? Luh-ooq I q’an spea’q Klingon too!
J’k not’ ruh’elly l’ol!

31. mrgene34 - July 18, 2010

Anyone who remembers anything about Star Trek would have denounced this readily. In the movies 1,3,4,5,6. As well as other Next Generation episodes, when you see the Klingon language written it is written using symbols not letters. Duh!!! lol. All in all still a funny gag.

32. charliebob - July 18, 2010

well, I’ll need to take a cycle there now…it’s a bit of a trek (no pun intended) from Edinburgh but I’ll see what I can do :)

33. subatoi - July 18, 2010

Could be a wonderful begining for a new ARG (as long it *will* have an ending this time).

34. Vultan - July 18, 2010

I’m not a fan of seeing the Klingons or Khan in the sequel, but, if the writers are just dying to use a past villain, how about Col. Green? Something about a guy who attacks his enemies during peace talks–well, it would certainly be interesting to see… again.

35. mattwileyart - July 18, 2010

Yi’ Je!

Feed Him!

36. robowarrior - July 18, 2010

In the next movie there should be Klingons, Gorns AND space hippies. And to make it even more interesting, I demand Cylons and Decepticons.

37. robowarrior - July 18, 2010

….oh yeah and Cardassians.

38. rmolina - July 18, 2010

tlhaQ. vIleghqang.

39. George Myers - July 18, 2010

The Japanese had a wonderful comedy show about an X size asteroid coming to hit the Earth, which was mistakenely translated from X cm to X km the letters in English similar in sound, though different abbreviations for “centi” and “kilo”. They rushed out in th dark to the sight of its landing and there in a very small crater was the very small meteorite. Used in a US beer commercial recently. As an Urquhart family member I disavow any complicity with Klingons.

40. Hat Rick - July 18, 2010

Are they SURE it’s fake? I mean, we should really be absolutely sure about these things.

The Klingons are hardly to be trifled with.

41. NCC-73515 - July 18, 2010

That propaganda flash video and the website from a few months ago also dealt with the Klingons… and we thought it could be viral stuff for the next movie.
Apparently there is an increased interest in Klingons now.

42. Will_H - July 18, 2010

We haven’t seen Klingons since Generations so I think it would be great. If its Khan I’m going to be greatly disappointed. I normally would say that this could easily be early viral marketing for the next movie but since it doesn’t seem like they even have a solid story yet I doubt it is, probably just a devoted Trekkie.

43. Harry Ballz - July 18, 2010

Again with the Klingons????

No Klingons! No Khan!

Something new, different and exciting would be a nice change!

This SHOULD NOT have to be pointed out to the new creative team!!!!!

44. BringBackTrek - July 18, 2010

At least the Klingons are considerate enough to use a truetype font so you can easily scan the photos and import them as text into your documents.

45. Hat Rick - July 18, 2010

^^It’s all part of their devious plan to replace Earth languages with their own. Also, who knows? It might be some kind of code that hijacks your documents.

Remember: They’re Klingons. Kirk never trusted them.

46. =A= - July 18, 2010

#16 what you think?

47. Buzz Cagney - July 18, 2010

@Harry Ballz – July 18, 2010
Again with the Klingons????

No Klingons! No Khan!

Something new, different and exciting would be a nice change!

This SHOULD NOT have to be pointed out to the new creative team!!!!!
Just thought that well worth repeating.

48. Buzz Cagney - July 18, 2010

#40 don’t worry, Rick, i have a mail-order Tribble buiness. If you are that worried i’m doing a buy 1 get 1000 free special offer at the moment.

49. wickedjacob - July 18, 2010

#6 – yes you will.

50. Harry Ballz - July 18, 2010

Buzz, I appreciate the support!

51. Buzz Cagney - July 19, 2010

Those among us that are fed-up with those pesky Klingons must stand together, Harry.
Their fans do seem particularly vocal though I do question their number.

52. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - July 19, 2010

Ok. For the next Trek Movie I want to see Tribbles. But not the nice furry ones. But the realy bad ones that want to take over the universe. Or we can have the bad little creatures that want to take over starfleet like they did in the Tng season 1 cliffhanger. You know. the episode where Picard blew Ltc Remicks off and that creature appeard in his chest and then Picard and Riker phasered it out of exsistence. That could be a good one for the Next Trek Movie.

53. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - July 19, 2010

Oh. The Klingon Empire better watch out for the Terran Empire. We will do to them like we will do the the Vulcans. Kill there Capt and take over there ships.

54. TJ Trek - July 19, 2010

I’m not so sure we should be worried. Think about it….the Klingons landing in Scotland, we’re bound to have em drunk and singing our praises in 20 minutes

55. TJ Trek - July 19, 2010

oh, and my vote for the new movie, is that they use something that has been, not done before, but mearly mentioned (maybe in one episode, in passing), and expand on it. that would be worth a try.

56. Jai - July 19, 2010

That message is far too polite to be real. The genuine article would be something like this:

“Q’pla, humans ! You have one week to prepare your planet for eternal submission to the glorious Klingon Empire. Resist, and you will never see Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox again. Sorry Brad….and that guy from Beverly Hills 90210 who was the surprisingly convincing macho uncle dude in Terminator: TSSC.

That’s right, minions. This is the price you pay for inflicting the alleged comedy ‘Joey’ on the universe. ‘South Park’ is great, though. Especially Cartman. That fat little psychopath has been secretly laying the groundwork for our invasion for years.

Same for Mel Gibson. What ? You fools didn’t actually think Mr Braveheart was a human, did you ? Haven’t you heard him screaming at his ladyfriend in all those secret recordings ?

Yes, we are everywhere. Except for screenings of ‘Sex and the City 2′.

Convincing the Scots to make haggis their national dish was just the beginning. You’ll see. You’ll aaaaalllll seee……”

(Yeah I know it’s a long message. But it was a big rock).

57. Roger - July 19, 2010

Incredibly lame. Get a life.

58. Hat Rick - July 19, 2010

I’m glad someone’s on the case, Buzz. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.