I had no idea the UN has an Office of Outer Space Affairs
( I'd like to get a t-shirt). Rush talked about it this morning, and George mentioned it last night. The person in charge is a lady named Mazlan Othman, a Malaysian astrophysicist, and she will be in charge of meeting any aliens on first contact. I'm sure she's a swell gal, and probably keeps a tidy office, but I don't know her from adam, and don't trust her worth a lick, and as far as I'm concerned the person who should be greeting any freaky aleins is Dick Cheney
, who'll be laying out a few "welcome to earth" ground rules, such as:
1. No way we're gonna be trying to understand any blah blah gibberish space language. Here's an American dictionary. Learn it.
2. No way we're gonna try and pronounce any blah blah crazy alien names. Tom, Dick, or Harry will do just fine. Take your pick.
3. The earth landing fee is 50 quatrillion bucks payable to the US treasury. Goodbye deficit.
4. You're here to be cute and cuddly and give us tons of new technology. Anything else gets your heads blown off.
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Michio Kaku said dark matter may be a reflection of real matter in another dimension, and he came perilously close to explaining quantum entanglement so that a slob like me could understand it. Cool. I think I'm gonna pick up one of his books.
George is an idiot.