There could be a whole lot of valid, and very interesting, reasons why extraterrestrials might cross the universe to visit Planet Earth and steal water from our lakes, gold from our mountans and people from their cars. But why the hell would they want to steal thousands of kilos of olives?
Thieves have stripped a NSW Hunter Valley olive grove of its fruit in an overnight raid, the latest of a series of such bizarre thefts.
Quentin Von Essen, who runs an olive grove in Lovedale, was alarmed to find that all but two of his 400 trees had been stripped of their olives earlier this month.
Mr Von Essen said he was dumbfounded how the theft of about four tonnes of olives could have happened without anyone noticing.
"It would take approximately six people up to three days to pick our olive grove," he told ABC Radio today.
"It appears that ... a whole lot of people have come into the grove overnight and just stripped the trees.
"The eerie part is ... there is not an olive on any of these trees and not an olive on the ground.
Apparently five other olive plantations in the region have also been stripped bare in recent months.Actually, aliens with an olive fixation is the more boring, but still kind of fun, explanation for all those missing olives.
Speaking on radio, Mr Von Essen sounded absolutely flabbergasted at how the thieves managed to do their work and not leave one single, solitary olive on the trees or on the ground. Not one. Even olive picking machines leave some of the fruit behind.