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(Fox News)   Well, we're all farked. Twitter is sending a reply to the Wow alien signal that will be composed of Tweets from anybody who wants to send one. Please, people, don't taunt the aliens   (foxnews.com) divider line 220
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2012-06-26 03:30:22 PM  
No, you're 6EQUJ5!
 
2012-06-26 03:30:34 PM  
This is going to play hell with my seti@home project. Just as I was installing the new GPU, too.
 
2012-06-26 03:30:35 PM  
Ever wander past the monkey cage at the zoo and they all freak out and start with their shrieking and hooting and all?
 
2012-06-26 03:30:48 PM  
Fark you, I'm an anteater.
 
2012-06-26 03:31:22 PM  
Free humans. Good for roasting. Fat and tender.
 
2012-06-26 03:31:23 PM  
How will they even know?
for all we know "suck my saggy old balls" is alien speak for "very pleased to meet you"
heck, it sometimes means that here.
 
2012-06-26 03:31:27 PM  
come at me #bro
 
2012-06-26 03:31:47 PM  
I'm going to send random YouTube comments...
 
2012-06-26 03:33:10 PM  
We can't just build a 2.2 gigawatt transmitter right now?
 
2012-06-26 03:34:00 PM  
1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language
 
2012-06-26 03:34:53 PM  
He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him.....
 
2012-06-26 03:34:54 PM  
If anything will convince aliens to destroy us, it will be vain arseholes using l33t speak to talk about the banalities of their life.
 
2012-06-26 03:35:29 PM  
Zyrgox! I'm reading about the humans' digestive system. This is fascinating! The poop is coming out, AS WE SPEAK!
 
2012-06-26 03:35:57 PM  
Aliens aside, the Wow signal is fascinating and I'd love to know what it really was.

Well, me and every other person who's ever heard of it, I suppose.
 
2012-06-26 03:36:11 PM  
Just saw "Promethius".......so....this should end well.
 
2012-06-26 03:36:47 PM  

Magorn: 4+4=9


You fool! You've killed us all!
 
2012-06-26 03:37:41 PM  
Okay poop is coming out
 
2012-06-26 03:38:00 PM  

downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!


Done in one!
 
2012-06-26 03:38:07 PM  

tricycleracer: Magorn: 4+4=9

You fool! You've killed us all!


beat me to it
 
2012-06-26 03:38:24 PM  
"Welcome to Earf!" *smack*
 
2012-06-26 03:39:07 PM  
3mta3
 
2012-06-26 03:39:24 PM  
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
 
2012-06-26 03:39:30 PM  
For what it's worth, I'd rather have aliens' first impression of earth be... well... /b/ than the Republican Party.
 
2012-06-26 03:39:47 PM  
I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.
 
2012-06-26 03:39:58 PM  

Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language


I got a great lol out of that, thanks.

Just imagine the direction Contact would have taken if the alien architect's intern had made a mistake on the primer.
 
2012-06-26 03:40:05 PM  

Scorpion1968: Just saw "Promethius".......so....this should end well.


Meh. They ripped off the ending from Bad Taste.

/Comin' to get ya, BASTIDS!
 
2012-06-26 03:40:19 PM  
@ET Can I get a RT for my birthday?
 
2012-06-26 03:40:22 PM  
SPACE ALEENS GB2 MEXICO my uncle laid off b/c u took his j0b #0b@m@sux
 
2012-06-26 03:40:47 PM  
It's been 35 years, so they've probably hung up by now. Nonetheless, I, for one, welcome our overdue overlords.
 
2012-06-26 03:41:05 PM  

Click to enlarge: downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!

Done in one!


Yep.
 
2012-06-26 03:41:17 PM  
. .. ... ..... ....... ......... ...........

And so on.

Then send George Carlin routines.
 
2012-06-26 03:41:25 PM  
"Please take Snookie back. She is not fooling anyone."
 
2012-06-26 03:41:52 PM  
Fark you, I'm behind seven Proximas!!@!@
 
2012-06-26 03:41:54 PM  
Dear Aliens: I am stuck here waiting for my ride on this God-forsaken planet. Please come pick me up ASAP.
 
2012-06-26 03:42:05 PM  

downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!


6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.
 
2012-06-26 03:42:26 PM  
I hope the aliens are ready to learn about who is moving forward on AGT, what Madonna is wearing and every other vapid thought spewing out of man kind that will come from this.
 
2012-06-26 03:43:28 PM  
Our response to their distress call is 35 years to late.
 
2012-06-26 03:43:45 PM  
1 by 4 by 9
 
2012-06-26 03:43:54 PM  
Alien BIE? EIP.
 
2012-06-26 03:44:10 PM  
I swear, I'll ruin your gravy.
 
2012-06-26 03:45:27 PM  
If it's Fox News, then it must be true.

Or relevant.
 
2012-06-26 03:45:58 PM  
Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie
 
2012-06-26 03:46:18 PM  
Well, there's certainly no way this plan can go very horribly wrong.
 
2012-06-26 03:47:48 PM  
Nuke this planet from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
 
2012-06-26 03:48:01 PM  
"Dear Michael and Elvis, Loved your music! Please come back to Earth again soon for a Reincarnation Tour!"
 
2012-06-26 03:48:14 PM  
For god's sake, just send back the same exact message we received so they'll know we're just as smart as they...were in ...1977. Asshole Tweeting scientists.
Just do that music from Close Encounters; or the hockey fight scene from Strange Brew.
 
2012-06-26 03:49:16 PM  
This should be as successful as Sweden letting its citizens run its Twitter site.
 
2012-06-26 03:49:16 PM  
"Dear aliens, please get me the fark out of here. Thanks."

/would be so down if they show up at her door tomorrow
 
2012-06-26 03:49:44 PM  

the1hatman: Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie


Heck, just broadcast space fight scenes from the new Battlestar Galactica or from Babylon 5 (where they paid some attention to physics) to have some fun with them.
 
2012-06-26 03:49:54 PM  
kd8our:
6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.

And my nerdiness just went up 10% since I actually knew what that meant.

/73
 
2012-06-26 03:50:04 PM  
In case you guys missed it, Kristin shot J.R.
 
2012-06-26 03:50:08 PM  

fireclown: This is going to play hell with my seti@home project. Just as I was installing the new GPU, too.


/offtopic

I'm not sure why but that just struck me as kinda farked up. GPU I mean. I remember when Seti burned up CPUs, instead of GPUs.

/get off my lawn
//ran a 32 PC seti farm for a while
///nothing like a 24 hour office that has nothing to do for 12 hours a day.
 
2012-06-26 03:50:32 PM  

Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9...


Yep, we're farked.
 
2012-06-26 03:50:49 PM  

Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language


Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago
 
2012-06-26 03:50:57 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: For god's sake, just send back the same exact message we received so they'll know we're just as smart as they...were in ...1977. Asshole Tweeting scientists.
Just do that music from Close Encounters; or the hockey fight scene from Strange Brew.


German and japanese porn.

What I sent:

3.14159265 | 1.618 | 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 | 1 3 5 7 11 13 17 | English: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

This limited character stuff is crap.
 
2012-06-26 03:51:17 PM  
Dear Aliens...the darker the skin the more delicious the person. Love, Republicans
 
2012-06-26 03:51:19 PM  

Evil Mackerel: Our response to their distress call is 35 years to late.


Even longer if you consider how long it might have taken to get here.
 
2012-06-26 03:51:52 PM  
I hope they understood my Gilmore Girls reference. Otherwise the joke will make no sense to them.
 
2012-06-26 03:52:00 PM  

the1hatman: Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie


Good god man, haven't you seen Galaxy Quest? They're more likely to build the stupid thing and then show up so we can tell them how it works!
 
2012-06-26 03:52:07 PM  

Sticky Hands: How will they even know?
for all we know "suck my saggy old balls" is alien speak for "very pleased to meet you"
heck, it sometimes means that here.


It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives, but the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated.

For instance, at the very moment that Arthur said "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle," a freak wormhole opened up in the fabric of the space-time continuum and carried his words far far back in time across almost infinite reaches of space to a distant Galaxy where strange and warlike beings were poised on the brink of frightful interstellar battle.

A dreadful silence fell across the conference table as the commander of the Vl'hurgs, resplendent in his black jewelled battle shorts, gazed levelly at the G'Gugvuntt leader squatting opposite him in a cloud of green sweet-smelling steam, and, with a million sleek and horribly beweaponed star cruisers poised to unleash electric death at his single word of command, challenged the vile creature to take back what it had said about his mother.

The creature stirred in his sickly broiling vapour, and at that very moment the words I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle drifted across the conference table.

Unfortunately, in the Vl'hurg tongue this was the most dreadful insult imaginable, and there was nothing for it but to wage terrible war for centuries.
 
2012-06-26 03:52:15 PM  

CruJones: Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language

Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago


Going up to 10 shows that we are a base 10 species.
 
2012-06-26 03:52:24 PM  
I got TOT MOM on a continious loop in morse code
 
2012-06-26 03:52:46 PM  
Welcome to earf.
 
2012-06-26 03:54:54 PM  

therussman2002: We can't just build a 2.2 gigawatt transmitter right now?


You would need a couple of flux capacitors,....
 
2012-06-26 03:55:09 PM  
www.comicbookmovie.com

"Twitter, huh?"
 
2012-06-26 03:55:17 PM  
D-R-I-N-K--M-O-R-E--O-V-A-L-T-I-N-E
 
2012-06-26 03:55:32 PM  
It would be very odd if we made alien contact, but the only way we could communicate with each other was with morse code messages that took 3 years to arrive
 
2012-06-26 03:56:07 PM  

Holfax: I hope they understood my Gilmore Girls reference. Otherwise the joke will make no sense to them.


They haven't been watching the Gilmour Girls repeats, but they'll understand. They're keeping up with Bunheads.
 
2012-06-26 03:56:10 PM  
We can send them spoilers for movies they won't see for millions of years!
 
2012-06-26 03:57:26 PM  
"Please come to Earth and enjoy the all you can eat Kardashian and religiously-faithful buffet. Free parking!"
 
2012-06-26 03:57:45 PM  

tricycleracer: We can send them spoilers for movies they won't see for millions of years!


I like "Snape killed Dumbledore", it might be enough to initiate an interstellar war.
 
2012-06-26 03:57:51 PM  
"Come with tentacles, or don't come at all."
 
2012-06-26 03:58:06 PM  
Step 1) Send Twitter nonsense in general direction of suspected alien world
Step 2) Aliens start to load up black goo weapons to eradicate us for being morans
Step 3) ???
Step 4) Prophet
 
2012-06-26 03:58:56 PM  

SnakeLee: It would be very odd if we made alien contact, but the only way we could communicate with each other was with morse code messages that took 3 years to arrive


My Morse is so rusty I could be sending them dimensions on Playmate of the Month.
 
2012-06-26 03:59:27 PM  
An alien census taker tried to test me once. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
/you don't know what pain is!
//I'd fark me. I'd fark me so hard
 
2012-06-26 03:59:41 PM  
cdn.crushable.com

/Not mine
//Found on some site called Crushable
 
2012-06-26 04:00:27 PM  
2.2 gigawatts???

great scott
 
2012-06-26 04:00:30 PM  
You know, that steel plate that we launched back in day may have hit something. They could be pretty pissed off.
 
2012-06-26 04:00:39 PM  

KangTheMad: CruJones: Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language

Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago

Going up to 10 shows that we are a base 10 species.

They will respond in base 40 and spam us with the lyrics from "Hungry Eyes".
 
2012-06-26 04:01:39 PM  

tricycleracer: SnakeLee: It would be very odd if we made alien contact, but the only way we could communicate with each other was with morse code messages that took 3 years to arrive

My Morse is so rusty I could be sending them dimensions on Playmate of the Month.


Better that than tricking them into crashing into the Laurentian Abyss
 
2012-06-26 04:02:44 PM  
images.wikia.com

This could be problematic.
/Hot like Jenny McNeal in a unisex bathroom
 
2012-06-26 04:02:55 PM  

rudemix: Dear Aliens...the darker the skin the more delicious the person. Love, Republicans



Dear Aliens,

Actually, it's "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice". We can be milked by gently tugging on the third arm with a lubricated palm. You can also use your mouth.

Black Guys

/P.S. We cannot produce milk if you kill us.
 
2012-06-26 04:02:59 PM  

dj_spanmaster: I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.


Corporate overlords are gonna be piiiisssed!
 
2012-06-26 04:03:10 PM  

kd8our: downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!

6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.


6EQUJ5 DE N2///QRM/// GA OM UR RST RST 599 599 MY RPRT IMI AR K

FTFY OM
 
2012-06-26 04:03:21 PM  
Just send them one ping only.
 
2012-06-26 04:03:56 PM  
The only message to broadcast is that there is not one shred of intelligent life on Earth.
 
2012-06-26 04:03:58 PM  

DarkDeepMoon: kd8our:
6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.

And my nerdiness just went up 10% since I actually knew what that meant.

/73


Are you a ham?
 
2012-06-26 04:04:34 PM  
lIj SoS ghajta' [dishonorable] [sex] tlhej HoD [Kirk] 'ej [smells] rur [a] [garbage] [scowl]

/ran into a little trouble with the Klingon universal translator
 
2012-06-26 04:05:05 PM  

CruJones: Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago


Any advanced species would be able to figure out the base of said math pretty easily if we sent along enough information.

I mean, humans can read hexidecimal pretty easily without a calculator or computer.
 
2012-06-26 04:05:16 PM  

KingKauff: Just send them one ping only.


Sure, but they'll be hunger an hour after eating him.
 
2012-06-26 04:07:16 PM  
SETI + Twitter = JWOWW signal.
 
2012-06-26 04:09:41 PM  

Peki: the1hatman: Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie

Good god man, haven't you seen Galaxy Quest? They're more likely to build the stupid thing and then show up so we can tell them how it works!


Send them videos of the ships getting blowed up in Independence Day.
 
2012-06-26 04:10:11 PM  

downstairs: CruJones: Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago

Any advanced species would be able to figure out the base of said math pretty easily if we sent along enough information.

I mean, humans can read hexidecimal pretty easily without a calculator or computer.


Ok, everything I see always assumes aliens would be using base 10 as well, and that's what we're looking for. I really couldn't remember the reasoning, I haven't used much math in 20 years-ish without a calculator/computer.
 
2012-06-26 04:10:41 PM  
It's a cookbook!
 
2012-06-26 04:10:50 PM  

Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language


And the only universal language of math is binary. So drop this "to 10" crap. unless by "10" you meant "2', in which case carry on.
 
2012-06-26 04:10:52 PM  

KingKauff: Peki: the1hatman: Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie

Good god man, haven't you seen Galaxy Quest? They're more likely to build the stupid thing and then show up so we can tell them how it works!

Send them videos of the ships getting blowed up in Independence Day.


While we're at it, if they are like in G.Q., let's send them clips from Star Wars so we can get lightsabers and the like. Maybe even flying cars and jet packs.
 
2012-06-26 04:11:12 PM  
messagetoaliens'; DROP TABLE members; --
 
2012-06-26 04:12:15 PM  
:: rolling :: Check em
 
2012-06-26 04:13:54 PM  

halB: Free humans. Good for roasting. Fat and tender.


Winner!
 
2012-06-26 04:14:41 PM  
I can't wait for the response...

www.cultureblues.com
"Message for you, sir"


/Time to fire up the boilers on the Mighty Mo
 
2012-06-26 04:14:48 PM  

halB: Free humans. Good for roasting. Fat and tender.


Did anyone mention all the free-range vegans we have for them to snack on?

It's been my hypothesis that any race that's smart enough for inter-solar-system travel isn't going to give a rip about what we have to say, and will treat us as pets or livestock. I'm hoping they're full by the time they finish the vegans.
 
2012-06-26 04:15:16 PM  
I really enjoy joking around and making fun of people, but this really has to be the worst idea ever. Trying to communicate with intelligent life using Youtube comments.

I would not be surprised if they destroyed our entire planet.
 
2012-06-26 04:16:53 PM  

sandbar67: Dear Aliens: I am stuck here waiting for my ride on this God-forsaken planet. Please come pick me up ASAP.


Did you forget to turn your thumb on?

/don't forget your towel.
 
2012-06-26 04:17:05 PM  
Send them Vorgon poetry
 
2012-06-26 04:18:57 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: For god's sake, just send back the same exact message we received so they'll know we're just as smart as they...were in ...1977. Asshole Tweeting scientists.
Just do that music from Close Encounters; or the hockey fight scene from Strange Brew.


Coo-roo-coo-coo
Coo-roo-coo-cooooo!
Dum de dum
Dum duuuuuuuuum!

/it's my turn! turn it up to 100 this time.
//if you had just come in for your scheduled maintenance, we wouldn't have to do this- but oh, no. You had to have it your way. You're so smart. You know everything.
 
2012-06-26 04:20:32 PM  
To Whom It May Concern: I'm a field researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and have been stuck on Earth for an obscenely long time. Please make a discrete pass through our neck of the galaxy so I can thumb a ride. The first round of Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters is on me.
 
2012-06-26 04:20:39 PM  
It's a cookbook.
 
2012-06-26 04:22:07 PM  
oi47.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-26 04:22:44 PM  
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-26 04:22:48 PM  

Tat'dGreaser: I really enjoy joking around and making fun of people, but this really has to be the worst idea ever. Trying to communicate with intelligent life using Youtube comments.

I would not be surprised if they destroyed our entire planet.


It's entirely possible they have a generation of idiots too, you know.
 
2012-06-26 04:22:50 PM  

DarkDeepMoon: kd8our:
6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.

And my nerdiness just went up 10% since I actually knew what that meant.

/73


CQ SPACE ALIEN CQ SPACE ALIEN THIS IS WE1N QRZ.
 
2012-06-26 04:23:11 PM  

KangTheMad: Nana's Vibrator: For god's sake, just send back the same exact message we received so they'll know we're just as smart as they...were in ...1977. Asshole Tweeting scientists.
Just do that music from Close Encounters; or the hockey fight scene from Strange Brew.

German and japanese porn.

What I sent:

3.14159265 | 1.618 | 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 | 1 3 5 7 11 13 17 | English: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

This limited character stuff is crap.


I'm afraid that last sentence didn't make it into that tweet.


/140 characters! Schvienhoont!

//actually, thanks. I'm glad someone thought of something intelligent to tweet. I mean, who doesn't like pie
 
2012-06-26 04:25:55 PM  

tommydee: It's been my hypothesis that any race that's smart enough for inter-solar-system travel isn't going to give a rip about what we have to say, and will treat us as pets or livestock. I'm hoping they're full by the time they finish the vegans.


If we're insanely lucky enough to live at a time when a race of aliens make contact -
insanely lucky enough that their message hits us,
AND insanely lucky enough that our reply hits them,
AND insanely lucky enough that both sides understand the messages -
AND insanely lucky enough that they have faster-than-light travel,
AND insanely lucky enough that they come here...it'd be weird if they made all that effort for some light snacking. That's a scientific exploration.

The more probable "they're coming for us, Barbara" scenario involves them just showing up one day and saying "Right, we rule you now. Start with the slaving." Or just kidnapping/eating a whole bunch of us.
 
2012-06-26 04:28:50 PM  

Dr Dreidel: tommydee: It's been my hypothesis that any race that's smart enough for inter-solar-system travel isn't going to give a rip about what we have to say, and will treat us as pets or livestock. I'm hoping they're full by the time they finish the vegans.

If we're insanely lucky enough to live at a time when a race of aliens make contact -
insanely lucky enough that their message hits us,
AND insanely lucky enough that our reply hits them,
AND insanely lucky enough that both sides understand the messages -
AND insanely lucky enough that they have faster-than-light travel,
AND insanely lucky enough that they come here...it'd be weird if they made all that effort for some light snacking. That's a scientific exploration.

The more probable "they're coming for us, Barbara" scenario involves them just showing up one day and saying "Right, we rule you now. Start with the slaving." Or just kidnapping/eating a whole bunch of us.


Damn skitters, always protected by mechs.
 
2012-06-26 04:29:08 PM  
"Dear space aliens, Are you my mommy? -Earthling"
 
2012-06-26 04:29:47 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

"If you come in peace, surrender or be destroyed. If you're here to make war, we surrender."
 
2012-06-26 04:30:10 PM  
"Please eat the Canadians first."
 
2012-06-26 04:33:17 PM  
dear aliens can u legalize weed
 
2012-06-26 04:33:50 PM  

KangTheMad: 3.14159265 | 1.618 | 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 | 1 3 5 7 11 13 17 | English: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z


Great. Now they know we're idiots.

(and where was "2.71828..."?)
 
2012-06-26 04:34:26 PM  
This is like the long-term version of poking the universe with a stick.

Assuming it even works/would be detectable...why the hell would we want to announce to anyone who might be out there that we exist? Nothing good will come of that.
 
2012-06-26 04:35:20 PM  

fudgelpuppy: therussman2002: We can't just build a 2.2 gigawatt transmitter right now?

You would need a couple of flux capacitors,....


cft;ls
 
2012-06-26 04:38:30 PM  

TheMysticS: KangTheMad: Nana's Vibrator: For god's sake, just send back the same exact message we received so they'll know we're just as smart as they...were in ...1977. Asshole Tweeting scientists.
Just do that music from Close Encounters; or the hockey fight scene from Strange Brew.

German and japanese porn.

What I sent:

3.14159265 | 1.618 | 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 | 1 3 5 7 11 13 17 | English: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

This limited character stuff is crap.

I'm afraid that last sentence didn't make it into that tweet.


/140 characters! Schvienhoont!

//actually, thanks. I'm glad someone thought of something intelligent to tweet. I mean, who doesn't like pie


Doing my part for humanity. Who wants to give me a mercy killing when the aliens enslave my mind?
 
2012-06-26 04:38:51 PM  

CruJones: downstairs: CruJones: Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago

Any advanced species would be able to figure out the base of said math pretty easily if we sent along enough information.

I mean, humans can read hexidecimal pretty easily without a calculator or computer.

Ok, everything I see always assumes aliens would be using base 10 as well, and that's what we're looking for.


It's double funny, since the message is going to be encoded and sent in base 2....
 
2012-06-26 04:39:12 PM  

KangTheMad: It's entirely possible they have a generation of idiots too, you know.


Wait that's not..........but you just............I thought..........holy sh*t you just blew my mind
 
2012-06-26 04:39:13 PM  

Abner Doon: This is like the long-term version of poking the universe with a stick.

Assuming it even works/would be detectable...why the hell would we want to announce to anyone who might be out there that we exist? Nothing good will come of that.


so they don't feel so lonely :(
 
2012-06-26 04:39:14 PM  
Do any of you look and act like Tali from Mass Effect?
 
2012-06-26 04:40:03 PM  
First I'd draw a picture of a penis in ASCII. Then I'd draw a picture of a vagina in ASCII. Then I'd draw some boobies in ASCII. Then I'd draw ...
 
2012-06-26 04:41:12 PM  
Send them Fark's archive of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman threads. That's where humanity has revealed its true nature, in all its hideous glory.
 
2012-06-26 04:41:14 PM  
.
zephyrliving.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-26 04:41:17 PM  
So the aliens have discovered the planet where village idiots come from ? That alone should keep them away from here .
 
2012-06-26 04:44:53 PM  

dittybopper: Are you a ham?


You're just a hungry alien looking for food, aren't you?!

/I'm more a slab of smoked bacon, personally...
 
2012-06-26 04:48:21 PM  
"Dear aliens, humans taste horrible."

or...

"Dear aliens, before invading please refer to our historical documentaries entitled Dr. Who."
 
2012-06-26 04:51:33 PM  

therussman2002: We can't just build a 2.2 gigawatt transmitter right now?


What did you just say?
 
2012-06-26 04:53:34 PM  

CruJones: Ok, everything I see always assumes aliens would be using base 10 as well, and that's what we're looking for. I really couldn't remember the reasoning, I haven't used much math in 20 years-ish without a calculator/computer.


Never heard that before. I always thought base 10 was merely because we had 10 fingers. Its arbitrary.

If anything, binary makes the most sense. Because on/off, duality, dark/light... lots of stuff in nature can be boiled down to 2's.

I would think base 2 (binary) is the only universal base. I'd assume most advanced species would use this in some part of their technology.
 
2012-06-26 04:53:41 PM  
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes
And hooptiously drangle me
With crinkly bindlewurdles,


What kind of sentimental tripe is that? Did you write that for your mummy, you cutesy tart?
 
2012-06-26 04:58:59 PM  
"Reservations required for parties of more than two"
 
2012-06-26 05:06:22 PM  
^B^V'
^[11#111001
_131111100
1111C1111
111010_1111101010
1111[1111
1111110110011111
1011_111111111011
1011111111011110


That's the raw binary, anyway (ignore whitespace). The corresponding text doesn't appear to be entirely printable, which is a shame; at 27 characters it would fit well within a tweet.
 
2012-06-26 05:07:17 PM  
Um... err... what? I was going for a string of 1s and 0s; where'd the rest of the text junk come from?
 
2012-06-26 05:08:25 PM  
To anticipate when alien life will arrive we must first decide on what terrestrial broadcasts from the past are more likely to offend them. So that's about 80 years worth of powered broadcasts blasted off into space. From Hitler to Beiber.
 
2012-06-26 05:08:58 PM  
Trying that again...

^B^V'
^[11#111001
_131111100
1111C1111
111010_1111101010
1111[1111
1111110110011111
1011_111111111011
1011111111011110
 
2012-06-26 05:09:47 PM  
Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.
 
2012-06-26 05:10:08 PM  

SultanofSchwing: To anticipate when alien life will arrive we must first decide on what terrestrial broadcasts from the past are more likely to offend them. So that's about 80 years worth of powered broadcasts blasted off into space. From Hitler to Beiber.


they may not care until they see footage of rockets entering orbit.
 
2012-06-26 05:11:13 PM  

Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.


Dude, that's beautiful. What is it?
 
2012-06-26 05:11:20 PM  
"Xenon, where's my money?"
- Borno
 
2012-06-26 05:12:15 PM  

Millennium: Trying that again...

^B^V'
^[11#111001
_131111100
1111C1111
111010_1111101010
1111[1111
111111g11
1011_111111111011
11011110


What exactly are you attempting?
 
2012-06-26 05:13:07 PM  
Would it be illegal if I sext an underage extraterrestrial?
 
2012-06-26 05:13:30 PM  

Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.


Maybe its some script to protect against SQL injection or something? Strange. but I've had real strange things happen to ordinary text here too (and, no, not filtered words like the shiat, fark, etc.)
 
2012-06-26 05:17:29 PM  
Fark, I am disappoint.

This far into the thread and no, "I'm not saying it was aliens" guy?
 
2012-06-26 05:19:14 PM  

KingKauff: Just send them one ping only.


i141.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-26 05:21:29 PM  

candiru.fish: Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.

Dude, that's beautiful. What is it?


It's a bunch of 1s and 0s with a few other characters thrown in by the Fark server, but that's not important right now...
 
2012-06-26 05:27:13 PM  

Trapper439: candiru.fish: Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.

Dude, that's beautiful. What is it?

It's a bunch of 1s and 0s with a few other characters thrown in by the Fark server, but that's not important right now...


That post just reminded me of what could be humanity's only salvation. When Earth's broadcasts finally angers any possible aliens, our classic movies may be the only thing stilling their annoyance/rage.
 
2012-06-26 05:29:28 PM  

halB: Fat and tender


Send along a copy of "To Serve Man", Kindle edition, of course.
 
2012-06-26 05:30:09 PM  

Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.


It does that for all filtered stuff... You never see the post-filter view until it's really posted...

Why they filter long strings of bits, I have no idea, but I've seen it before... I think it tries to turn them into corresponding ASCII characters...
 
2012-06-26 05:30:24 PM  
1
11
111
1111
11111
111111
1111111
11111111

10
101
1010
10101
101010
1010101
10101010
1U
1U0
1U01
 
2012-06-26 05:32:37 PM  

CruJones: Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language

Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago


We don't use base 10 because of fingers. There have been lots of base systems used by humans. Base 10 was intentionally standardized because of broad applicability and easy divisibility. You can still see the echos of old systems in our languages though. Tried counting past 20 in French flatly? Or to 12 in English?
 
2012-06-26 05:37:12 PM  

Ned Stark: Tried counting past 20 in French flatly? Or to 12 in English?


Or 15 in Spanish.
 
2012-06-26 05:37:36 PM  
It's too late; I bet they already know that we have soft underbellies, a strange fascination with reproduction and are generally minimally hairy psychotic apes.

/ they are soon to discover the
subspecies of minimally hairy psychotic ape trolls; god help us all.
 
2012-06-26 05:37:58 PM  

Magorn: Math is the only true universal language


CruJones: Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?


It's true that we shouldn't assume an alien race uses base 10. We could "explain" to them that we use base 10 first, and then do everything in base 10 from that point forward. Since we're going to have to either use base 2 or "teach" them what base we use, we might as well go with base 10. Unless, of course, we just go with base 2, but I personally think that's a bit silly. We're going to have to teach them an alphabet anyway, not to mention math symbols like +,-,=,*, so I fail to see the advantage of NOT teaching them a few digits as well, while we're at it.

So far as I know, there's no real argument why one base is "superior" to any other apart from "it should be a power of 2" and "it should have a lot of unique prime divisors" (which makes 6 a reasonably good candidate since it's 2*3, for example). 10 (5*2) does at least have that second argument going for it.
 
2012-06-26 05:41:10 PM  

Ned Stark: CruJones: Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language

Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago

We don't use base 10 because of fingers. There have been lots of base systems used by humans. Base 10 was intentionally standardized because of broad applicability and easy divisibility. You can still see the echos of old systems in our languages though. Tried counting past 20 in French flatly? Or to 12 in English?


Math uses whatever base it wants anyway. That's why we have fractions. 40/10 is the same as 48/12, but one adjusts our base 10 into a transliterated form of base 12.
 
2012-06-26 05:47:03 PM  

New Farkin User Name: Trapper439: candiru.fish: Millennium: Um... I think I found a bug in the server. The preview puts it out right; only the actual text posted is wrong.

Dude, that's beautiful. What is it?

It's a bunch of 1s and 0s with a few other characters thrown in by the Fark server, but that's not important right now...

That post just reminded me of what could be humanity's only salvation. When Earth's broadcasts finally angers any possible aliens, our classic movies may be the only thing stilling their annoyance/rage.


Well the very first thing they,really getting is Hitler's speaches so we're gonna need something to overcome first impression.
 
2012-06-26 05:51:16 PM  
I'm going to ask the aliens to pray for Omarion
 
2012-06-26 05:53:14 PM  
Possible response from aliens:

cdn.static.ovimg.com
 
2012-06-26 06:06:06 PM  

Mytch: Ned Stark: CruJones: Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language

Is that actually true? Is there a legitimate reason another being wouldn't have math using a base 7? I thought we only used base 10 because we have 10 fingers. Would they still understand it?

/seriously
//used to be good at math, long time ago

We don't use base 10 because of fingers. There have been lots of base systems used by humans. Base 10 was intentionally standardized because of broad applicability and easy divisibility. You can still see the echos of old systems in our languages though. Tried counting past 20 in French flatly? Or to 12 in English?

Math uses whatever base it wants anyway. That's why we have fractions. 40/10 is the same as 48/12, but one adjusts our base 10 into a transliterated form of base 12.


Yea, but dividing the base by 2 and getting a non fraction odd number was cosidered a plus for whatever reason.

Heck, you could say the sun orbits the earth and not be wrong but it would make less intuitive sense and the math would get wayyyy harder for the poor bastards at NASA.
 
2012-06-26 06:09:19 PM  
"Lolz come check out Jersey Shore. Pls dont dstry us."
 
2012-06-26 06:11:53 PM  
O HI pls check http://bit.ly/cz6isk
 
2012-06-26 06:18:33 PM  

dittybopper: KingKauff: Just send them one ping only.

Sure, but they'll be hunger an hour after eating him.


+1 for the both of you. (even the typo is forgiven)
 
2012-06-26 06:20:17 PM  

downstairs: Millennium: Trying that again...

^B^V'
^[11#111001
_131111100
1111C1111
111010_1111101010
1111[1111
111111g11
1011_111111111011
11011110

What exactly are you attempting?


For the numbers 1-15, a unary representation (1, 11, 111, etc) followed by a 0, followed by the number's binary representation in four bits (0001, 0010, 0011, etc), followed by a 0. Prepend six zeroes to this string (which is actually how the number 0 would be represented in this scheme).

Divide this into 24-character chunks with a newline between them, and wrap them all in a tt tag (the CODE button on Fark's editing toolbar). I wouldn't include the newlines or the TT tag in the actual message; they're just there to keep things looking manageable on a message board.

In layman's terms, this is an attempt to show that this string of 1s and 0s that we're sending out over radio is a series of binary numbers. I do this by counting from 0 to 15.
 
2012-06-26 06:20:21 PM  
The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials a million cosmic monkeys
 
2012-06-26 06:32:13 PM  

Magorn: 1+1=2 2+2=4 4+4=9 (or actually I+I=II (2) I+II=III (3) II+II=IIII (4) ) etc to 10

and then start on th multiplaction and division tables. Stop right before you get to E=mc2 just in case they haven't worked that one out for themselves yet.

Math is the only true universal language


the base-10 system is for you filthy humans.

/said too much
 
2012-06-26 06:33:20 PM  

Ned Stark: Base 10 was intentionally standardized because of broad applicability and easy divisibility.


If that were the reason, we'd be using Base 12? 12 evenly divides by 2,3,4, or 6; 10 evenly divides by 2 ad 5.

In some ways we do use Base 12 and Base 60 (which is 12 x the missing number in the evenly-divisible-by list above). 12 hours on the clock, 60 minutes in an hour, 12 inches in a foot.

Americans also use Base 2 a lot; just look at liquid and weight measures. 16 ounces in a pound, 128 ounces in a gallon, and so forth. All powers of two.

We probably use Base 10 because we learn to count using our fingers.

And some of us try to force everything into Base 10 because they hate the spice of life.
 
2012-06-26 06:37:02 PM  
This might help...

Alien contact rules
 
2012-06-26 06:39:25 PM  
We'll allow you one free shot at the people responsible for Fox News Channel.
 
2012-06-26 07:02:17 PM  

Serious Post on Serious Thread: And the only universal language of math is binary. So drop this "to 10" crap. unless by "10" you meant "2', in which case carry on.


You do understand, I hope, that base is a matter of notation, not mathematics. There isn't really anything truly mathematical about base 2 or base 10 or base 731, anymore than there's something innately mathematical about using two perpendicular line segments ("+") to mean addition. That's convention, not math. It no more shows off some fundamental understanding of mathematics to use base 2 than it does to use "-" to mean subtraction. Or perhaps you don't,

It IS true, yes, that 2 is the smallest possible integer to use as a base, but that's no less trivial than saying "It's true that 1+1 = 2." And aliens would be no more impressed by either observation.

The only advantage to using base 2 that I'm aware of is that it makes it unnecessary to teach the aliens any other base, but it's so ridiculously easy to do THAT that I really fail to see why it's a selling point.

0
1 = I
2 = II
3 = III
4 = IIII
5 = IIIII
6 = IIIII I
7 = IIIII II
8 = IIIII III
9 = IIIII IIII
10 = IIIII IIIII

There. Done.

If there's some other advantage to base 2 which I did not already cover, please let me know, so I can understand your perplexing fascination with it.

By the way, I would say the same of pi. It's such a fundamental thing that pi is an irrational number equal to 3.14... that the only reason to talk to the aliens about pi is to get the silly stuff out of the way so we can talk about -real- math. Knowing the value of pi is literally caveman stuff. Obviously if we can send radio signals into space we've know about pi for thousands of years. Yet for some reason people are always like, "Oooooh, tell the aliens we know about pi!"
 
2012-06-26 07:02:23 PM  
www.yorku.ca
 
2012-06-26 07:09:15 PM  
Lol... as if the radio frequency pulses from the bombs weren't enough.
 
2012-06-26 07:23:00 PM  

downstairs: Never heard that before. I always thought base 10 was merely because we had 10 fingers. Its arbitrary.


It's not totally arbitrary, though the fact that we have ten fingers is not mere coincidence. But we haven't always used base 10. The Babylonian used base 60. That's why there are sixty seconds in a minute and sixty minutes in an hour. Roman numerals are closer to being base 5 than anything else, if they can be said to have any base. The Mayans used base 20. Granted, the 5, 10, and 20 bases all probably come from the number of digits on one hand, both hands, or hands and feet, respectively.

There is, however, one other reason why base 10 could be argued to be a better choice than, for example, base 9 or 11, and that is that 10 is the product of two distinct prime numbers (2 and 5). Of course, so are 6 and 15, so it's not enough of a reason all by itself to make base 10 that much more appealing.

downstairs: If anything, binary makes the most sense. Because on/off, duality, dark/light... lots of stuff in nature can be boiled down to 2's.

I would think base 2 (binary) is the only universal base. I'd assume most advanced species would use this in some part of their technology.


Base 2 is universal in the sense that it's the lowest possible base, yes. If I had to guess what base an alien race was going to use, and I had NO other information to go on, then yes, I'd guess base 2. If, on the other hand, I knew for a fact that they had two hands with five fingers on each hand, then 10 would be a better guess. Since all of our attempts to communicate with aliens make it a point of telling them we have 10 fingers, I think the "We have to use base 2 or they won't understand us!" argument is pretty weak.
 
2012-06-26 07:25:05 PM  

Millennium: Um... err... what? I was going for a string of 1s and 0s; where'd the rest of the text junk come from?


sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net
 
2012-06-26 07:26:01 PM  

Fluorescent Testicle: Aliens aside, the Wow signal is fascinating and I'd love to know what it really was.

Well, me and every other person who's ever heard of it, I suppose.


You have no idea. The same curiosity that sent mankind to discover new lands is still there, but now we have outer space. Which I guess is a bit cooler than the ocean. You know, the poeticism of the high-mindedness of stars, drops of the angel within our souls, drawing us in to a landscape of eternal beauty....

/Seriously, though, am I the only one who's going to want to walk up to the aliens, high-five them, and offer an impromptu soccer match?
 
2012-06-26 07:28:53 PM  
By the time the aliens get the message and arrive to kill us all, we'll have killed ourselves already and they will have wasted a trip. The joke's on you!
 
2012-06-26 07:32:06 PM  
"6EQUJ5? What the hell kind of cookbook is that?!"
 
2012-06-26 07:33:30 PM  

ciberido: downstairs: Never heard that before. I always thought base 10 was merely because we had 10 fingers. Its arbitrary.

It's not totally arbitrary, though the fact that we have ten fingers is not mere coincidence. But we haven't always used base 10. The Babylonian used base 60. That's why there are sixty seconds in a minute and sixty minutes in an hour. Roman numerals are closer to being base 5 than anything else, if they can be said to have any base. The Mayans used base 20. Granted, the 5, 10, and 20 bases all probably come from the number of digits on one hand, both hands, or hands and feet, respectively.

There is, however, one other reason why base 10 could be argued to be a better choice than, for example, base 9 or 11, and that is that 10 is the product of two distinct prime numbers (2 and 5). Of course, so are 6 and 15, so it's not enough of a reason all by itself to make base 10 that much more appealing.

downstairs: If anything, binary makes the most sense. Because on/off, duality, dark/light... lots of stuff in nature can be boiled down to 2's.

I would think base 2 (binary) is the only universal base. I'd assume most advanced species would use this in some part of their technology.

Base 2 is universal in the sense that it's the lowest possible base, yes. If I had to guess what base an alien race was going to use, and I had NO other information to go on, then yes, I'd guess base 2. If, on the other hand, I knew for a fact that they had two hands with five fingers on each hand, then 10 would be a better guess. Since all of our attempts to communicate with aliens make it a point of telling them we have 10 fingers, I think the "We have to use base 2 or they won't understand us!" argument is pretty weak.


wrong again shiat for brains. base 1 is the lowest base:

0:
1: 1
2: 11
3: 111
4: 1111
5: 11111
6: 111111
7: 1111111
8: 11111111
9: 111111111
10: 1111111111
11: 11111111111
12: 111111111111
13: 1111111111111
14: 11111111111111
15: 111111111111111
16: 1111111111111111
17: 11111111111111111
18: 111111111111111111
19: 1111111111111111111
20: 11111111111111111111
21: 111111111111111111111
22: 1111111111111111111111
23: 11111111111111111111111
24: 111111111111111111111111
25: 1111111111111111111111111
26: 11111111111111111111111111
27: 111111111111111111111111111
28: 1111111111111111111111111111
29: 11111111111111111111111111111
30: 111111111111111111111111111111
31: 1111111111111111111111111111111
32: 11111111111111111111111111111111
33: 111111111111111111111111111111111
34: 1111111111111111111111111111111111
35: 11111111111111111111111111111111111
36: 111111111111111111111111111111111111
37: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111
38: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111
39: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111
40: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111
41: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111
42: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
43: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
44: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
45: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
46: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
47: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
48: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
49: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
50: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
51: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
52: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
53: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
54: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
55: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
56: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
57: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
58: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
59: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
60: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
61: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
62: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
63: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
64: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
65: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
66: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
67: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
68: 11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
69: 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
70: 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
 
2012-06-26 07:38:26 PM  
Do aliens triforce?
 
2012-06-26 07:47:10 PM  
42
 
2012-06-26 07:53:53 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

I rickrolled them. Hey, it's new to them...
 
2012-06-26 07:54:20 PM  

Medical Toilet: For what it's worth, I'd rather have aliens' first impression of earth be... well... /b/ than the Republican Party.


AND I'd rather let them know your mom's a whore, but something tells me they know that already.
 
2012-06-26 07:59:40 PM  
I came here for the news broadcast from Independence Day asking people not to shoot at alien crafts.

/Leaving disappointed.
 
2012-06-26 08:02:19 PM  

Infernalist: Ever wander past the monkey cage at the zoo and they all freak out and start with their shrieking and hooting and all?


Don't forget the poo.
They like to throw poo.
 
2012-06-26 08:03:36 PM  
This is a great idea. The aliens will receive it and realize there really is no intelligent life on this blue marble of ours and will decide that there is no point in coming here.
 
2012-06-26 08:04:43 PM  

rudemix: Dear Aliens...the darker lighter the skin the more delicious the person the easier the probing will be. Love, Republicans Democrats


FTFY

/Get back in your politics tab, you libtards
 
2012-06-26 08:09:15 PM  
img20.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-26 08:13:29 PM  
And that's how Earth was put on everyone's ignore list...
 
2012-06-26 08:22:40 PM  
I think I'll play it safe and tweet "Nothing to see, please move along!"
 
2012-06-26 08:33:21 PM  

sandbar67: Dear Aliens: I am stuck here waiting for my ride on this God-forsaken planet. Please come pick me up ASAP.


There are plenty of ways to remove yourself.


KangTheMad: t's entirely possible they have a generation of idiots too, you know.


What generation of idiots is that genius level?
 
2012-06-26 08:35:02 PM  
We traced the call, and it's coming from... inside the planet. Get out! Get out now!
 
2012-06-26 08:35:05 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: 1 by 4 by 9


Win.

also:

There's lots if beings...

On our land masses.

Come on down and...

Kick our asses.

ET Slaves!

/ woulda done multiple posts, but the mobile interface sucks....
 
2012-06-26 08:38:36 PM  
Ok, unlike your neighborhood teabagger, I don't get it. At all.

Some explain it in simple words, maybe using sock puppets, for the terminally WTF is it all about, Alfie's.


kaithxbai.
 
2012-06-26 08:42:18 PM  
i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-06-26 08:49:51 PM  
I thought these kinds of signals degrade after a few light years, long before they reach anywhere interesting.
 
2012-06-26 08:52:00 PM  

Fluorescent Testicle: Aliens aside, the Wow signal is fascinating and I'd love to know what it really was.

Well, me and every other person who's ever heard of it, I suppose.


I couldn't agree more. It's just so fascinating and mysterious. We get a signal of incredible intensity, clearly artificial, almost certainly extraterrestrial, and on the exact frequency we'd expect to be used if aliens were announcing "Here we are!" It's heard once and then never repeats.

So farking curious...
 
2012-06-26 09:22:40 PM  
Having just spent my evening replaying the ending of Mass Effect 3, I think I'm now going to go back and beg the Reapers to take me now...
 
2012-06-26 09:40:29 PM  

ciberido: Base 2 is universal in the sense that it's the lowest possible base, yes. If I had to guess what base an alien race was going to use, and I had NO other information to go on, then yes, I'd guess base 2. If, on the other hand, I knew for a fact that they had two hands with five fingers on each hand, then 10 would be a better guess. Since all of our attempts to communicate with aliens make it a point of telling them we have 10 fingers, I think the "We have to use base 2 or they won't understand us!" argument is pretty weak.


Base 1, or unary as I called it above, is the lowest possible base. You could call it reality's base, because representing a number requires the same number of marks. But it's also not the

The real reason to use Base 2 (binary) is that you only need two states to encode it, and so you can encode a signal in almost anything. Radio is the current popular choice, but anything that can be turned on and off will work, which is why computers use it. Whatever signalling technology we use after radio should be able to easily encode the same signals, increasing the likelihood of aliens catching one.

ciberido: By the way, I would say the same of pi. It's such a fundamental thing that pi is an irrational number equal to 3.14... that the only reason to talk to the aliens about pi is to get the silly stuff out of the way so we can talk about -real- math. Knowing the value of pi is literally caveman stuff. Obviously if we can send radio signals into space we've know about pi for thousands of years. Yet for some reason people are always like, "Oooooh, tell the aliens we know about pi!"


The point of using pi, or some other fundamental constant, is not so much to tell the aliens that we know it as to tell them that this is a signal worth listening to. Radio has lots of random noise, and we cannot rely on the possibility of finding some noiseless signal at some future date, but random noise is unlikely to start spitting out the digits of pi in binary. By using it, we tell the aliens "Hey, that thing your radio's doing? Someone is deliberately making it do that. You should keep listening."
 
2012-06-26 09:44:08 PM  
Does anyone know of any other system that isn't base 10? Are there mathophiles out there who are making up their own system using a different base number today?
 
2012-06-26 10:11:23 PM  

kd8our: downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!

6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.


That would be one hell of a DX. How many points does that get you on Field Day?
 
2012-06-26 10:15:27 PM  

linuxpyro: kd8our: downstairs: No, you're 6EQUJ5!

6EQUJ5 this is KD8OUR I read you 5 by 9 QSL.

That would be one hell of a DX. How many points does that get you on Field Day?


CQ CQ DE HAM RADIO NERD, OVER
 
2012-06-26 10:23:36 PM  

Dedmon: Does anyone know of any other system that isn't base 10? Are there mathophiles out there who are making up their own system using a different base number today?


Computers use binary (base 2) and some programming uses hexadecimal (base 16). But other than that, I don't think it is too common nowadays.
 
2012-06-26 10:24:34 PM  

Peki: the1hatman: Someone should post the plans to the Death Star. Make them think we have that level of gear around just in case they're thinking of coming for piece rather than in peace.

/hey they don't know it's a movie

Good god man, haven't you seen Galaxy Quest? They're more likely to build the stupid thing and then show up so we can tell them how it works!


Voyager actually had a good episode about what happens when you send a message intending one thing, and the recipients learn a little too well. I think it was 'Friendship One'.

Never assume the other guy is 'just like me'. And this is heresy, but maybe that should go for math as well.
 
2012-06-26 10:30:07 PM  

Millennium: Um... err... what? I was going for a string of 1s and 0s; where'd the rest of the text junk come from?


wouldn't it be fked up if that happened for reals with any message sent back or sent forth?
 
2012-06-26 10:31:22 PM  
Through space, our broadcasts
propagate infinitely
Sorry, universe

www.big.or.jp
 
2012-06-27 12:06:33 AM  
"Look'it that, Clem. It's another of them giant marauding aliens again. Now why do you suppose they always pick on our quiet little town?"

"Don't know. Maybe I shouldn't have wrote graffiti all over that space probe back when I worked for NASA."

*cut to a deep-space probe with the words HEY STUPID ALIENS! I DARE YOU TO ATTACK TERLAWK written on it*
 
2012-06-27 12:35:28 AM  
Sounds like a plan.

www.omenaheights.com
 
2012-06-27 12:40:52 AM  

machoprogrammer: Dedmon: Does anyone know of any other system that isn't base 10? Are there mathophiles out there who are making up their own system using a different base number today?

Computers use binary (base 2) and some programming uses hexadecimal (base 16). But other than that, I don't think it is too common nowadays.


Years ago I heard someone was creating a computer system using a base 3 system. Claimed it was the only way to solve certain space-based equations. Anyone else hear about it?
 
2012-06-27 01:16:37 AM  
Silly farkers. Aliens do maths in 4D.
 
2012-06-27 01:18:09 AM  

Nick Nostril: [img20.imageshack.us image 640x336]


Wow, and I thought the one hanging in my basement with Elvis was awesome. Gotta get me a print of this.
 
2012-06-27 01:32:37 AM  

Perducci: We traced the call, and it's coming from... inside the planet. Get out! Get out now!


Then who was SETI?
 
2012-06-27 01:50:16 AM  

Millennium: The real reason to use Base 2 (binary) is that you only need two states to encode it, and so you can encode a signal in almost anything. Radio is the current popular choice, but anything that can be turned on and off will work, which is why computers use it. Whatever signalling technology we use after radio should be able to easily encode the same signals, increasing the likelihood of aliens catching one..


You seem to be confusing the encoding of the message with the content of the message. Sure, if we're talking radio signals, we'd probably want to send them digitally, and anything we encode digitally will probably be in binary (you COULD use trinary or base 10, but why would you?) However, in the message itself, there's still no real advantage to using binary.

Essentially, the "bootstrap" of the message would be teaching them ASCII or EBCDIC or something along those lines, assuming a sufficiently long message to make that worthwhile. After that, restricting ourselves to binary seems kinda pointless.
 
2012-06-27 01:53:29 AM  

ciberido: Base 2 is universal in the sense that it's the lowest possible base, yes.


Millennium: Base 1, or unary as I called it above, is the lowest possible base. You could call it reality's base, because representing a number requires the same number of marks.


Ok, fine, if you want to get technical, base 2 is the lowest possible base for positional notation. And obviously you knew I knew that base 1 was possible, since I used base 1 in my post, so I guess you just wanted to be pedantic.

Millennium: The point of using pi, or some other fundamental constant, is not so much to tell the aliens that we know it as to tell them that this is a signal worth listening to. Radio has lots of random noise, and we cannot rely on the possibility of finding some noiseless signal at some future date, but random noise is unlikely to start spitting out the digits of pi in binary. ...


Yes, that's essentially what I said. We could use pi to establish that this is in fact a coded message from an intelligent civilization, and as a kind of bootstrap or Rosetta stone to help them decode it. It would be silly to use pi as part of the message itself, since it wouldn't tell them anything about us they wouldn't already know from the simple fact that we sent them a message in the first place.
 
2012-06-27 04:41:26 AM  
"We are working with Arecibo Observatory to develop the best way to encrypt the transmission," said Kristin Montalbano, a spokeswoman for the National Geographic Channel.

Arggh...
encode != encrypt

To encrypt means to deliberately make a message unreadable to parties one does not want reading it. "Encode" can be more general.
 
2012-06-27 06:23:52 AM  
"They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"Meat. They're made out of meat."

"Meat?"

"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?"

"They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines."

"So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact."

"They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines."

"That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."

"I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat."

"Maybe they're like the orfolei. You know, a carbon-based intelligence that goes through a meat stage."

"Nope. They're born meat and they die meat. We studied them for several of their life spans, which didn't take long. Do you have any idea what's the life span of meat?"

"Spare me. Okay, maybe they're only part meat. You know, like the weddilei. A meat head with an electron plasma brain inside."

"Nope. We thought of that, since they do have meat heads, like the weddilei. But I told you, we probed them. They're meat all the way through."

"No brain?"

"Oh, there's a brain all right. It's just that the brain is made out of meat! That's what I've been trying to tell you."

"So ... what does the thinking?"

"You're not understanding, are you? You're refusing to deal with what I'm telling you. The brain does the thinking. The meat."

"Thinking meat! You're asking me to believe in thinking meat!"

"Yes, thinking meat! Conscious meat! Loving meat. Dreaming meat. The meat is the whole deal! Are you beginning to get the picture or do I have to start all over?"

"Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat."

"Thank you. Finally. Yes. They are indeed made out of meat. And they've been trying to get in touch with us for almost a hundred of their years."

"Omigod. So what does this meat have in mind?"

"First it wants to talk to us. Then I imagine it wants to explore the Universe, contact other sentiences, swap ideas and information. The usual."

"We're supposed to talk to meat."

"That's the idea. That's the message they're sending out by radio. 'Hello. Anyone out there. Anybody home.' That sort of thing."

"They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?"
"Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat."

"I thought you just told me they used radio."

"They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat."

"Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?"

"Officially or unofficially?"

"Both."

"Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing."

"I was hoping you would say that."

"It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?"

"I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?' But will this work? How many planets are we dealing with here?"

"Just one. They can travel to other planets in special meat containers, but they can't live on them. And being meat, they can only travel through C space. Which limits them to the speed of light and makes the possibility of their ever making contact pretty slim. Infinitesimal, in fact."

"So we just pretend there's no one home in the Universe."

"That's it."

"Cruel. But you said it yourself, who wants to meet meat? And the ones who have been aboard our vessels, the ones you probed? You're sure they won't remember?"

"They'll be considered crackpots if they do. We went into their heads and smoothed out their meat so that we're just a dream to them."

"A dream to meat! How strangely appropriate, that we should be meat's dream."

"And we marked the entire sector unoccupied."

"Good. Agreed, officially and unofficially. Case closed. Any others? Anyone interesting on that side of the galaxy?"

"Yes, a rather shy but sweet hydrogen core cluster intelligence in a class nine star in G445 zone. Was in contact two galactic rotations ago, wants to be friendly again."

"They always come around."

"And why not? Imagine how unbearably, how unutterably cold the Universe would be if one were all alone ..."
 
2012-06-27 08:28:12 AM  
"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans . . . We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."
-Stephen Hawking
 
2012-06-27 11:29:10 AM  
I'm thinking something along the lines of: "Hey, Aliens, you suck! America #1 #ChasingUFOs"
 
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