BOSTON (CBS) – The story of the missing Malaysian airliner certainly does make for a compelling mystery. And if it was hijacked for terrorist purposes, that is a deadly serious development.

I get all that.

But I hope you’ll tolerate a brief, less-than-serious discussion of the extreme speculation that has rushed in to fill the void caused by lack of actual facts.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

A lot of very good journalists work at CNN, but they must be getting a little tired of wall-to-wall coverage of a story that is starving for lack of new evidence or developments, resulting in the floating of ever-more-outlandish theories of what happened.

I’m here to help.

For starters, is anyone absolutely certain that the plane ever took off from its starting point in Kuala Lumpur?

Apparently there’s a fantastic casino there called Genting Highlands. It’s isolated on top of a small mountain, and includes Malaysia’s largest theme park.

What if the people on the plane all agreed they needed to get away from it all for awhile, stripped the plane and sold it for parts, and are having the time of their lives with their take at this casino?

Steve Wynn, call the authorities!

In light of the speculation about alien involvement in the disappearance, can we really rule out the possibility that an alien force, bored with putting little wooden ships inside bottles, decided to branch out and put a Boeing 777 under glass?

I think not.

Does anyone remember that sci-fi movie “The Abyss” about a strange force snagging a nuclear sub deep underwater? Maybe they got this one too.

And if they find this thing, will Charlie from the MTA be on it?

Enquiring minds want to know.

And it looks like CNN won’t rest until every possible absurdity is discussed.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.



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