ONLY THE BEST WHILE I KEEP THE REST

toasted english muffin

I just learned — hot off the presses — we are sending a capsule into space. Deep space. The deep, dark outer reaches of our galaxy. For some peculiar reason, we think other, non-human intelligent life forms will be interested in our culture. They will want to see our artifacts, gadgets, widgets. The best examples of what makes us great. Imagine that.

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What to show them?

You’d have to include the cell phone. Probably an iPhone, clearly the quintessential techno-gadget of our generation. Or maybe one of the new Android tablets that’s sort of also a telephone, or is it a telephone that’s sort of a tablet?

Kindle and iPad

What about a loaf of sliced bread? Everyone always says “It’s the best invention since sliced bread!” Thus sliced bread must, in some way, be a classic piece of intelligent design from the people who gave you the Edsel and the Bunny Hop. The open bar and happy hour. How to you package up those high points of culture?

Do you include a few drunks in the capsule? How about a box of White Castle sliders? How about at least one politician?

A toast!

I know I’m not thinking clearly. I’m missing so much. So many great things. Monumental achievements we could package in the guise of a small gadget by which any advanced civilization would be instantly recognized peers, equals, and perhaps, superiors. I just can’t think of them right this minute.

Don’t forget to include a cold six-pack of beer. It will be the intergalactic male bonding moment when they all chug it down together.



Categories: Computers, Culture, Daily Prompt, Humor, Sci Fi - Fantasy - Time Travel, Technology

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32 replies

  1. Sorry, Marilyn. The aliens need Anejo Rum more than they need beer…And think of how long you’d hve to keep it cold!!! xhttp://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/07/29/worlds-best-voyager/

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  2. Oh this question had me thinking for a bit.. the first thought was cookies.. then I thought a package of seed would be fine.. then I saw your picture of strawberry preserves (I’m Dutch it’s like jam right?) and I think that be pretty awesome to send into outer space too. And toe socks. Yes toe socks for sure.

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  3. I like the idea of sending the politicians into space. They are full of hot air anyway.

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  4. The gadgets gone and politicians up, up and away ! It will solve so many problems on this planet in absence of those morons. We will start communicating instead of texting to family members.

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  5. The donut is the greatest invention ever. It has to be there.

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  6. Why are we so convinced that the “others” need to know how good we are. Perhaps they are better than us. They began to slice their bread when we were still sitting in the trees swinging from branch to branch. We think a six pack is something original? Someone up there probably uses the contents to clean his teeth. Why are we always searching for a second earth? Be glad if you don’t find one, they might decide that they want to stay unique and liquidate us.

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    • I completely agree. I don’t see such an advanced civilization. I see a lot of gadgets and techno garbage, but not a lot of culture. Beer has never really done it for me. If we found another earth, we’d probably pollute it, too.

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  7. Have the capsule make a weekend stop, any weekend, here in NH and pick up all the folks running for 2016. That way maybe someone new ill run.

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  8. Marilyn, send all of the politcians, let’s make the world a better place. You can include the beer with instructions, if that’s what it takes.
    Leslie

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  9. Are your sources reliable on this one? I could call my people.

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  10. I really liked the way you went about this post. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Where’s your sense of humor? Include instructions with the 6 pack of beer, ”Shake well before opening”! LOL

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