Sunday, April 20, 2008

What If... meme


This "What if..." meme is really very simple. Read the "What if..." scenario below and then answer in the comments.
The best answer wins. "Wins what?" you ask. "I don't know yet." I say.

I'll keep the meme up in a sticky post through the weekend.


In the movie, CONTACT, Carl Sagan created a scenario in which his main character, a radio astronomer named Dr. Ellie Arroway, discovers an extraterrestrial radio transmission that is clearly from an intelligent alien source.

If this happened to you and you knew the alien source would probably understand your language, what message would you send to him/her?

Try to keep your message short (let's say no more than 4 sentences). Remember the alien is busy and very intelligent but knows nothing about you or your planet.

One Rule: You can't say "Greetings" the alien doesn't understand this word.

Have fun!

Feel free to comment as often as you like!

theteach

UPDATE:

Hey everybody, I'm amazed how many of you have participated in this "What if..." meme. Your messages are funny, serious, sincere and reflective. By tomorrow late afternoon I will begin the process of judging the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. I'll announce the winners on Monday afternoon.

Comments/messages closed as of 9:00 AM April 21, 2008

35 comments:

zoya gautam said...

ma'm,
my message to the intelligent alien would be_"dear et,find out what has distanced the teach from zg?what is the error,flaw,crime?several reads of 'work of the poet' offer no clue.ask her for remedies and wish her well!..

Carver said...

Approach with caution, we are an immature species and not known for being sensible.

Luke Wiley said...

my message "please stay away..."
this is an interesting post!
Wiley Willows Photoblog

Travis said...

"If you are looking for rationality, one suggests a course in any other direction."

This is a cool meme.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Here's to a world without bitterness, if this you can promise , book meticket on the next space ship,

Suzie said...

Beam me up Scotty!

Bond said...

"Hello...We are not too bright, but we can be friendly. We can be angry also, so approach with care. How about a drink and some pasta?"

Hell that comes from growing up in an Italian household...guests were always fed...always

zoya gautam said...

dear et,..thanks!

WillThink4Wine said...

This is bizarre, my Dad was watching this movie this morning before I left for the office!! So, I COULD say "2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97, 101", which what the signal said...

Hello, neighbor. Isincerely hope you come in peace.

Nancy Lindquist-Liedel said...

The movie was okay, too much Matt, but the book... I LOVED THE BOOK!!!! More than one went. Just great.

Anonymous said...

"Dear Alien, if you visit, don't forget to leave a comment!"

Mo said...

crap = that "anonymous" comment was from me.. I scrolled and hit at the same time with the mouse and hit anonymous above the submit clicker... clearly, there is NO intelligent life down here...

Marilyn said...

Did you accidentally leave me here? I don't seem to fit in well. Maybe you'd like to take me back.

Mags said...

Are all of your good men married or gay up there too??!?!?!

:)

On a limb with Claudia said...

"I love you"

that's just the first thing that came to my mind. I guess because that's what I think when I meet any being - human, animal, or even plants.

the teach said...

Wow! guys, you did a great job so far! You know that you can post as many messages as you want. Keep 'em coming!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Will work for GAS money, but need a ride....

Kimmie said...

Please bring NY Style Cheesecake when you come. Plain, no toppings. By the way...do you have someone who would make a good American President that we could vote for?" If so, bring them also.

Smiles,
Kimmie

SandyCarlson said...

Welcome, friend. What can you teach us about being kind to our planet?

Ivanhoe said...

"Oh please come & take me for a road trip!!!!"

Did I mention that I love your new header?

the teach said...

Some great messages! Thank you for participating so enthusiastically!We'll see who wins Monday!

Mags said...

How about, "Will cook in exchange for a husband."

Marilyn said...

Take our leaders... please!

JC said...

C'mon down, we're having pizza and beer for dinner, then a movie. We're pretty laid back, here, but you'll need some patience for most of the rest of the world.

JoJosho said...
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SandyCarlson said...

Have any Grey Poupon?

Colin Campbell said...

Make sure you behave or we will invite Slim Whitman to sing Indian Love Call.

lv2scpbk said...

Please prove your intelligent by curing all the illnesses in the world and world hunger. No one should go hungry, not even aliens. Please don't forget all of the animals either.

Kimmie said...

If you could bring one thing...I wish it could be the "Vision Of Hope". America Needs Hope...So this is what I ask of you...

Jay Simser said...

My friends, (if indeed you are friends) what is your URL?
Do you want to get together for a meet and greet?
You will have to come to us for we have used up all our OIL?
And walking there would bring blisters to our feet.

Jeff B said...

Is that a ray gun you're packin' or are you just gald to see me?

Rich said...

1)We are a flawed but friendly species.
2)We are both curious and adventurous
3)If you come here you will be welcomed by some and feared by others
4) Come anyway

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...
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Gene Bach said...

"If you're looking for intelligent conversation please turn left and try another planet."

Anonymous said...

Help me! These people are crazy! Really, im not like the rest, I promise. Come pick me up?