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Topic: Funny (10/04/12)
TITLE: An Alien's Brief Encounter
By Clyde Blakely
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I’ve never been in this solar system before. There’s an interesting planet…blue! I think I’ll take a closer look.
“Hmmm, sensors pick up quite a variety of life forms with several large concentrations, particularly besides seas. I’ll beam down to this one by a bay. Good, they have buildings and, yes, activity inside them. I’ll beam down to this large one but stay cloaked until I know it’s safe.”
Fizzle, fizzle, crack, crack, beam, beam
Interesting variety of life; I’ve never seen walking, talking fruit before. The larger more mobile species are eating the smaller ones kept in bowls. Oh, no, they’re cannibalistic!
There maybe ranks within this species. Some have what appears as lettering, just one symbol each, and others do not. The lettered beings command more attention. The others address or greet them more often. Though no letter seems to be higher in rank, the “T”, “F”, “L” and others are all greeted the same. Most unusual for a chain of command.
Cloaked, he moves though the noisy crowd undetected, consulting the universal translator device for clues as to what’s being said. Finally the device has acquired enough information for him to listen in on conversations.
Interesting, they keep talking and laughing about short subjects. Could they be referring to the small fruit they’re eating? And they think this is funny? Strange behavior.
A fruit beings at one end of the building loudly says, “May I please have all the representatives come to the stage for pictures and assemble in the proper order under the ‘Welcome’ banner.”
The lettered fruits start moving through the crowd. All others turn toward a stage where the lettered fruits are heading.
Well, maybe I can figure out what’s going on now.
One particular being is having difficulty walking straight; it appears there is something wrong with his legs.
“Are you okay? Are you hurt?” Another lettered fruit asks.
“It’s just my underwear riding up and I don’t want to pull them down in front of everyone. They’re really messed up.”
Laughter erupts for those within hearing distance and then spreads throughout the crowd.
Well, that’s a twist in the end, our space traveler thinks.
“Welcome to our first annual convention. Thank you all for dressing appropriately. Let’s give ourselves and our special guests up here a big round of applause!”
Cheers, clapping, and laughter startle our traveler.
None of this is making any sense?
The translator device is now smoking, unable to compute rhyme or reason to the happenings.
Well, I might as well get a picture of this before I beam back out of this confusion.
Maybe Central Command will be able to make sense from the picture. The letters are arranged in words but what do they mean?
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