Wednesday, April 14, 2010

First Contact?


Have you ever wondered what to do if you come into contact with an alien?

Assuming you are not a neurotic FBI agent with a score to settle, an attention-starved little boy with pockets full of peanut candy or a headstrong pilot who deeply resents having your holiday barbecues interrupted.

Wonder no longer, the kind researchers at IO9 have composed the ultimate brief guide to what one should should do, if...

IO9 Space Humor
The Nutshell Version:

1. Don't over-think.
2. Don't panic.
3. Basic Communication.
4. Math rocks.
5. Know thy place in the universe.
6. Extend the planet-wide welcome.
7. Avoid assassination and breed.

In my opinion, the most important part is: If they send you a message with only two characters, repeating, that's binary. It does not matter which character is our "zero" and which is our "one."

But invest a few moments in the humorous education, and make sure you brush up on your artistic skills.

If all else fails and you do manage to screw this up for the entire human race, well there's always this backup tome:

Alien Invasion Handbook