Thursday, October 22, 2009

Must See TV!

The back page of the Oct. 26 edition of Newsweek has a chart showing when various TV programs will reach various distant locations in outer space.

This is odd and potentially scary on a couple of levels.

Odd? When we first moved into our current home in rural-land, we could barely get some channels. Combinations of rabbit ears and tin-foil strategically positioned were required to get at least one channel. OK I exaggerate but you get the picture. Aliens in outer space must get better TV reception than I do.

I wonder if they saw all the FCC mandated PSAs about the switch to digital last summer in time to get their converter box coupons?

On a more serious note – if there really are aliens out there anywhere besides Roswell New Mexico, it is scary to think what they must think of us if TV is their source.

According to the chart, Alpha Centauri, the nearest star, is just now getting episodes of Lost and the Apprentice. Wonder what they think of the Donald’s hair?

A few more light years away, alien viewers are enjoying Sponge Bob and the Sopranos.

Way way out Howdy Doody is part of the daily fare.

Imagine if they used TV as a sort of scouting report and planned their trips to earth accordingly? Imagine their surprise when they get here and find other confused aliens looking for the Lone Ranger and Tonto or the Dukes of Hazzard? And what do they find instead? Balloon Boy and his family. But then they might feel right at home!

"Klaatu barada nikto"

1 comment:

  1. i had a dream about Roswell the other night. i remember driving through there as a kid on our way to (was it tucson??) and being SOOOOOO terrified that we'd all get 'got' by aliens.