Alien SMS…

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Via : New Scientist

Alien competition runners up

HERE, as promised, are 10 runner-up entries in the Feedback New Year competition. We asked entrants to compose a text message in no more than 160 characters, sent by an alien who has just arrived on our planet. Some of last week’s winning contributors sent more than one entry that we particularly enjoyed, and three of these are included here.

No sign of survivors. Died out 65 million years ago. No need for return mission.

Thomas J. Lynch, Perkasie, Pennsylvania, US

Natives wonderful. Send ketchup.

Chris Mullard, London, UK

Too late. Another one overrun by Starbucks.

Len Cooke, Wokingham, Berkshire, UK

“Green” site not safe, had to splash down at “blue” site. Life abundant and highly intelligent. Locals say dry land is bandit country – very dangerous.

Colin Wainwright, London, UK

Marooned! On Earth there is but one science. Based on mere observation and logic, it forbids faster-than-light travel and our star drive is refusing to work.

Clive Bashford, London, UK

3rd planet-colonisation candidate. C02 rising and almost breathable.

John Alderson, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Anthropologists will have a field day here. They’ve got a creation myth that everything started with a “big bang”. They’ve even got the math to prove it.

Michael Parsons, Canberra, ACT, Australia

It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.

Justin Byrne, Dublin, Ireland

Humans are not conscious beings but remote-controlled by little boxes pressed to the head or wires plugged into their ears.

Olaf Lipinski, Bad Homburg, Germany

This planet, mostly harmless, is chiefly remarkable for providing the best evidence so far that the limit of 160 characters on SMS messages is a universal const

Kim Bastin, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

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7 Responses to “Alien SMS…”


  1. 1 Karthi January 29, 2007 at 11:50 am

    gp, this is Jan 2007 edition (first week). New Scientist ran this contest for christmas. I just love these year end contest from New Scientist.

  2. 2 gp January 26, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    hey this is cool! I dont know which edition is this. Must start opening my subsribtions.

  3. 3 Karthi January 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    iPhone also shares some commonality with OpenMoko, a linux based smart phone. Being in a world where I almost zero interaction with apple products except for iPod, I find it surprising to know number of bugs in Tiger and iTunes 7.

    I can only say that the bugs are eternal, long live bugs.

  4. 4 Venkat January 21, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Hello Karthik
    Sorry for such bad delays. Happy Pongal/Sankranthi to you too! Regarding iPhone, when Apple decided to not talk abt OSX Leopard, not talk about any new computer hardware and focus solely on an idea LG Electronics thought of about 4months ago, I knew the time has come when Apple’s reputation as a quality computing company was going down the drain. With the number of bugs released with Tiger and with iTunes 7, it can now be confirmed that Microsoft has taken back its crown of quality software and hardware. Case in point – Vista, Office 2007, and no-one makes a better keyboard or mouse than MS.

  5. 5 pegasus January 19, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    but having the comments tab on top is not INTUITIVE. bad design … I think now it is time to change ur layout.

  6. 6 Karthi January 19, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    Pegasus. It’s ambigious. That’s certain.

    I tried to relate your comment on Mentos Idea, but could not come to any conclusion and I even tried if they are present in Sandeep’s blog.

    How lame. It was right there on top.

    Thanks for pointing it out.

  7. 7 pegasus January 19, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    i just realized that the comment button is on the top of the post…. shouldn’t be like after reading the post you decide that you have an opinion and you should comment on it?

    some of my comments actually went to the wrong post due to this.


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