Despite its recent slide to puritanical prudishness, Australia kicked off 2014 by proving that it's still one of the coolest places on the planet.
Last week, scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) received an endearing letter from a 7-year-old girl named Sophie who was keen to have a pet dragon. After buttering up said scientists with her precocious charm ("Hello lovely scientist,") Sophie went straight on to ask if they could finally get around to making dragons a reality.
Thankfully, Sophie's love of dragons comes from lighter fare like How to Train Your Dragon instead of Game of Thrones, and she went so far as to propose the names Toothless for the dragon (if female) or Stuart (if male).
An excerpt from Sophie's letter
The scientists at CSIRO posted Sophie's letter to their blog along with a bit of cheek and apologized not just to Sophie - but to the entire nation of Australia - for not creating dragons.
"We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put polymer banknotes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices. But we’ve missed something.
There are no dragons.
And for this Australia, we are sorry."
Feeling a bit on the spot, the scientists as CISRO decided to roll up their sleeves, chuck the deuce to the laws of nature, and bring a dragon into the world.
Sure, they used titanium and 3D-rendering software instead of alchemy and arcane summoning spells... but hey, dragon.
After making Toothless a reality, the scientists at CISRO decided to also make Sophie's year by shipping her the very dragon that she asked for in the letter. Sophie's parents were overjoyed at the gesture and Sophie is rightfully telling her friends that Australian scientists can do anything.
...when she's not bragging to them that she's about to get a pet dragon, naturally.
Wrapping up the saga of Australia's first dragon, the scientists at CISRO concluded their blog post with with words of encouragement for imaginative child.
"We’d love to have you in our team, Sophie. For now, stay curious."
Australia: 1, Rest of the World: 0