Would You Betray the Human Race for $1 Million?

On 10 March 1972, America launched the Pioneer 10 spacecraft with a gold-anodized aluminum plaque, measuring 9″ x 6″. The plaque told any aliens finding the probe about our knowledge of Hydrogen, what we looked like, and, conveniently, on which planet they could hunt us.

Our early space pioneers thought this was so clever they repeated their mistake with Pioneer 11 on 5 April 1973. Here is a copy of the actual plaque. For any confused readers, the human-like figure on the left is a “man”, and the one on the right is a “woman”. The rest features directions to our planet – like an early form of Google Maps.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque
Figure courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_plaque

Aliens achieved their revenge by giving us the Carter administration, and it was all good. Until now. Social Justice Warriors, through what we can only assume is a rift in the space/time continuum, have discovered this plaque, and deemed it to be Problematic.

“What is the problem?” you are thinking. “Is it that Mankind is naked, vulnerable, unarmed, and clearly not ready for advanced alien contact?” Foolish, foolish normal person. These are Progressives!

The “man” figure is “raising his hand in a manly fashion while a woman stands behind him, appearing all meek and submissive.” The figures are “obviously white.” The message “includes Western-dominated material.” Please, aliens, forgive us and harvest us now. We are clearly fattened and ready for you.

On the plus side, the Breakthrough Initiative is offering a million dollar prize for the best idea for a *new* message to broadcast to our surely benevolent alien visitors. Oy Vey. Yes, I culturally appropriated that statement to voice my doubt.

But… prize money? We at Tempest in a Teardrop cannot pass up such an opportunity. A million dollars US will probably cover a couple cans of tuna by the time it’s awarded, and we’re actively pursuing this opportunity. We have no interest in betraying mankind, however, so our approach might be considered… unconventional.

First, we will include a map to either the Klingon home world or Tatooine. Both are equally annoying yet their locations are known, fictionally speaking. Second, instead of Hydrogen atoms we thought to include a means to calculate next years’ national debt. This will trick the aliens into verifying our findings, sending their computers into hopeless infinite loops, just like those at the Federal Reserve. This will make them unable to calculate a route to our world.

Finally, we’ve drawn this preliminary sketch:

Feelz before realz!We think if the aliens do find us, we might as well attract the Vegetarian Kind. Or the Gullible Kind.

Once we’ve perfected our sample plaque, we’ll submit it to the Breakthrough Initiative. If you have a chance to vote, please vote for us. Otherwise, you might as well vote for the plaque with inclusive humans, our galactic GPS location, and a recommendation to use barbeque sauce instead of ketchup. It would be embarrassing to be served with ketchup.

9 thoughts on “Would You Betray the Human Race for $1 Million?

  1. Meh. To me it looks more like the guy is all “Hi, welcome to neighborhood, can I get you a beer” while the chick is “Who are you? Are you going to threaten my children and/or try to take my mate. Keeping eyeing my mate, b**ch, and I’ll take your face off.” — Really, look at it. She has the more intense look.–

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    1. The existence of the plaque is proof of that.

      Alien 1: “Gold!”
      Alien 2: “Guarded by naked, unarmed, quadripeds!”
      Alien 1: “With directions to their planet. The only thing they didn’t include was an oversized, novelty X!”
      Alien 2: “Our advanced culinary technology makes that problem easy to solve! To the third planet!”

      Of course the aliens would actually be communicating in emoticons, but I think I’ve made my point 😆

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