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(Some Guy)   SETI has detected several signals emanating from the center of the galaxy. Offical announcement on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. PST   ( spaceref.com) divider line
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2006-10-16 02:47:02 AM  
It'd better not be of astrophysical origin.

/where did you get the detail, subby?
 
2006-10-16 02:47:59 AM  
I've seen this before.

Turns out it's her dead father.
 
2006-10-16 02:50:23 AM  
I want to believe.
 
2006-10-16 02:51:34 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: Yeah, they totally should've sent a poet.

Seriously though, I hope it's aliens. Life is so goddamn boring with only humans in the universe.
 
2006-10-16 02:53:38 AM  
not submitter, but from seti website:

"Upon discovery and confirmation of signals produced by extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI@home will make an announcement in the form of an IAU (International Astronomical Union) telegram. This is a standard way of informing the astronomical community of important discoveries. The telegram contains all of the important information (frequencies, bandwidth, location in the sky, etc.) that would be necessary for other astronomical groups to confirm the observation. The person(s) who found the signal with their screen saver would be named as one of the co-discoverers along with the others on the SETI@home team. At this point we would still be unsure if the signal was generated by an intelligent civilization or maybe some new astronomical phenomenon."

/telegrams still exist?
 
2006-10-16 02:54:02 AM  
Yes, it's a very clear message that says "Humans, DIAF".
 
2006-10-16 02:54:30 AM  
abdul: Seriously though, I hope it's aliens. Life is so goddamn boring with only humans in the universe.

Hopefully anything smart enough to send signals or manage to at some point travel this far will be smart enough to stay the HELL away from us.
 
2006-10-16 02:56:54 AM  
Silvara: Hopefully anything smart enough to send signals or manage to at some point travel this far will be smarter or more technologically advanced than we are. Prepare for several hundred years in PMITAAlien Slavery.

/they better have a cooler name than "Goa'uld"
 
2006-10-16 02:57:02 AM  
Silvara: Hopefully anything smart enough to send signals or manage to at some point travel this far will be smart enough to stay the HELL away from us.

first thing they'd get is hitler pimping the 1936 olympics, right?
 
2006-10-16 02:57:07 AM  
Thenixon: /telegrams still exist?


Yes, it does. I wrote a couple in the past:

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/ps/services/IAUC.html

too lazy for clicky.
 
2006-10-16 02:57:53 AM  
Thenixon: first thing they'd get is hitler pimping the 1936 olympics, right?

Okay, that's funny.
 
2006-10-16 02:58:47 AM  
Color me excited... and skeptical.
 
2006-10-16 02:59:48 AM  
I hope they get here soon so they can intervene and stop us from engaging in thermonuclear war. I hope I can hitch a ride with them and leave this sh*thole little ball of space dust.
 
2006-10-16 03:00:04 AM  
azmoviez: Color me excited... and skeptical.

I was trying to figure out how to express my thoughts on this; you nailed it.
 
2006-10-16 03:00:07 AM  
helioquake: Yes, it does. I wrote a couple in the past

and here i was collecting all these biatchin glass insulators like they were going out of style...
 
2006-10-16 03:02:51 AM  
Ok God, here's the deal...you get one shot at getting me. One. Make this the real deal. Show me that the universe is not just one giant suckhole that exists purely for us flesh apes to bump around in, and I swear I will attend some sort of religious gathering once a week for a month and see if it sticks.

It will probably be Buddhist, so if that colors the deal I would like to be up front about it.
 
2006-10-16 03:03:06 AM  
And the aliens say:

A: If any of you are still white, we can cure you (much love, A.C. Clarke, in SFWA Grand Master's Anthology)
B: Taste like chicken?
 
2006-10-16 03:03:24 AM  
It's a cookbook!
 
2006-10-16 03:04:07 AM  
Thenixon: and here i was collecting all these biatchin glass insulators like they were going out of style...

The "telegrams" nowadays are issued via e-mail mostly; some still receives a bunch of them in paper via postal mails.

I'm not really sure if they actually do "telegram", though it won't surprise me if they provide that service today.
 
2006-10-16 03:04:11 AM  
vartian: It will probably be Buddhist, so if that colors the deal I would like to be up front about it.

Were I God, I'd appreciate your input.
 
2006-10-16 03:05:55 AM  
helioquake: I'm not really sure if they actually do "telegram"


Candygram!
 
2006-10-16 03:06:13 AM  
 
2006-10-16 03:09:28 AM  
helioquake: I'm not really sure if they actually do "telegram", though it won't surprise me if they provide that service today.

i just looked it up - according to wikipedia western union stopped doing that earlier this year.

too stoopid for clicky
 
2006-10-16 03:09:55 AM  
Howie_Feltersnatch: THEY'RE MADE OUT OF MEAT (pops)

I lurve that one.

Deveyn: Candygram! [for Mongo]

And the biatch is, I won't even get credit for inventing the candygram. *Bugs Bunny theme*
 
2006-10-16 03:09:59 AM  
Shiat, what if they misspelled something?
 
2006-10-16 03:13:26 AM  
abdul

CtrlAltDelete: Yeah, they totally should've sent a poet.

You know, after watching Maya Angelou wax poetic about the last flight of the Concord, I am not so convinced they would do any better of a job.
 
2006-10-16 03:14:04 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: Shiat, what if they misspelled something?

we'll invite them to submit fark headlines?
 
2006-10-16 03:15:08 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: Shiat, what if they misspelled something?

[image from pbfcomics.com too old to be available]
 
2006-10-16 03:15:08 AM  
vartian: You know, after watching Maya Angelou wax poetic about the last flight of the Concord, I am not so convinced they would do any better of a job.

Well how about a Rapper, then? That's about the same thing as a poet.

We could send Xibit, or Jadakiss or somebody.
 
2006-10-16 03:17:34 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: We could send Xibit, or Jadakiss or somebody.

Somehow, I think about 80% of the population would object to that...if not more. The type specimen for humans should be...Herve Villechaise, just to fark with 'em.
 
2006-10-16 03:17:55 AM  
CtrlAltDelete

Well how about a Rapper, then? That's about the same thing as a poet.

I'd pay damn good money to send Missy Elliot :)
 
2006-10-16 03:18:53 AM  
Thenixon: we'll invite them to submit fark headlines?

Nah, they'll never get greenlit, we both know that. They'll most likely submit something from NYT forgetting about the registration restriction, or even worse- some recycled ebaumsworld clip of monkeys screwing.

It's not their fault, they just don't know better, you see.

helioquake, I ♥ PBF!
 
2006-10-16 03:21:42 AM  
FarkmeBlind: Somehow, I think about 80% of the population would object to that...if not more.

Based on the popularity of Pimp My Ride reruns, I think Xibit's gotta chance. Besides, he could install a shiatload of flat screen panels on the outside of the spacecraft- you know, for parties and barbecues and shiat.

vartian: I'd pay damn good money to send Missy Elliot :)

"Get Your Freak On" may be construed as an aggressive threat to an alien culture.
 
2006-10-16 03:22:44 AM  
Actually, according to Bill Bryson, the only guy to seriously campaign to be the type specimen was invalidated during preparation of his skeleton, due to bony indications of syphilis. There currently is no type specimen for homo sapiens.
 
2006-10-16 03:24:33 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: "Get Your Freak On" may be construed as an aggressive threat to an alien culture.

I bwaha'ed.
 
2006-10-16 03:25:13 AM  
I say we send Jimmy Carter. He's good at this diplomacy shiat.
 
2006-10-16 03:27:47 AM  
CtrlAltDelete

"Get Your Freak On" may be construed as an aggressive threat to an alien culture.


Excellent point. Hmmmm...someone with word savvy who is guaranteed not to offend anyone. Dolly Parton? That would certainly be interesting. The bonus is that her chest is well suited for the zero gravity environment.
 
2006-10-16 03:31:05 AM  
vartian: Hmmmm...someone with word savvy who is guaranteed not to offend anyone. Dolly Parton?

That's a really good suggestion. She was going to get 'em reduced...this would save her luscious saline from incipient demise.
 
2006-10-16 03:33:26 AM  
vartian: Excellent point. Hmmmm...someone with word savvy who is guaranteed not to offend anyone. Dolly Parton? That would certainly be interesting. The bonus is that her chest is well suited for the zero gravity environment.

No way, dude. If for no other reason, the existence of Dollyworld may indicate that we worship her as a god.

[image from dollywood.com too old to be available]
 
2006-10-16 03:36:14 AM  
CtrlAltDelete: No way, dude.

Okay, look, we'll compromise on a decent rapper with a jaw-dropping (Chicago...OMFG) rack. We'll send Queen Latifah.
 
2006-10-16 03:36:33 AM  
CtrlAltDelete

...the existence of Dollyworld may indicate that we worship her as a god.

Well, it would be slightly better then us trying to explain why we killed all of our other Messiahs :)
 
2006-10-16 03:37:11 AM  
FarkmeBlind

We'll send Queen Latifah.

Bingo, I'm in.
 
2006-10-16 03:38:45 AM  
vartian: Bingo, I'm in.

I lurve Fark.

She'd probably do it, too.
 
2006-10-16 03:39:11 AM  
At last, a chance for intelligent life in the universe.
 
2006-10-16 03:41:00 AM  
FarkmeBlind: We'll send Queen Latifah.

Perfect. The name alone signifies a suitable figurehead.

vartian: Well, it would be slightly better then us trying to explain why we killed all of our other Messiahs :)

They don't have to know about that. Nobody's going to tell them.
 
2006-10-16 03:43:23 AM  
Your marklars are very marklar, marklar.
 
2006-10-16 03:45:42 AM  
eeedlef: Your marklars are very marklar, marklar

WTF is that from? I had a friend who said crap like that all the time and it drove me nuts.

/doesn't have cable, if that helps
 
2006-10-16 03:46:02 AM  
CtrlAltDelete


... the existence of Dollyworld may indicate that we worship her as a god.


Or maybe two gods.

// I hope the announcement isn't "OK, we give up."
 
2006-10-16 03:46:21 AM  
FarkmeBlind: WTF is that from? I had a friend who said crap like that all the time and it drove me nuts.

/doesn't have cable, if that helps


South Park
 
2006-10-16 03:46:59 AM  
I think it would be cool if they sent a message that said, "WE WILL SUCK YOUR SOULS OUT OF YOUR EYES" in a big, death metal voice (just to f*ck with us).

...or maybe it's a knock-knock joke.
 
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