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Monday, October 25, 2004

The Day the Earth Stood, Still

(A great movie idea from Mezmer that didn’t quite make it.)

It was a strange day at the Malomar Observatory as the group of astronomers looked sullenly and in shock at the view screen.
What they saw was the visage of a green, reptilian, and hideous monster. He looked at them with a sinister grin, and licked his lips with his purple slimy tongue in seeming anticipation of what was to come.
"People of earth", the creature hissed. "We want your world. We have been looking at your planet for a long time. You have what we want. You cannot stop us, your planet will be ours, and there is nothing you earthlings can do! Today is the day that we will come for what your most precious possession!!"
The creature then swung back his head and laughed. "Har! Har! Har!"

Then the screen went dark.
The astronomers were dumbfounded. "Well gentlemen, we are looking at the end of our civilization," said the leader. "We should have expected this, and taken all that alien abduction stuff, saucer sightings, and crop circles seriously! Now it’s too late. They’re coming for us, and there’s nothing we can do about it except sit around and wait. But what could they want from our world?"
One astronomer spoke up. "I figure they want our natural resources. Perhaps they’ve exhausted them on their home world and need a new colony planet"
"No." said another. "They obviously are fearful about our technology. We are an aggressive and dangerous race you know. Perhaps they want to do us in before we do the same favor to them."
A third astronomer shook his head in disagreement. "No." he said. "We are sinners, and this is God’s retribution for our rejection of our law."
A fourth astronomer then said slowly. "Gentlemen. Perhaps it’s none of that. I figure they have come for our women!"
Then the astronomers sat back and waited, and waited. One of them looked out the window into the night sky. "Well? Where are these aliens? They’re overdue. Are they toying with us?"
Suddenly a fellow astronomer rushed into the room. "Am I late for the meeting? Funny thing, I was doing some star gazing, but then I noticed a blank spot in space that shouldn’t be there. I don’t know how to put this, but where the heck is the planet Jupiter?"

Now you see it.....

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