This week's question: The U.S. military has begun taking numerous sightings of UFOs by its pilots seriously, and is trying to figure out whether these mysterious objects pose a threat. In seven words or fewer, please come up with a message that we could transmit to these possibly extraterrestrial craft that would explain the current state of life on Earth.
THE WINNER: "Forget the Prime Directive. Please help!"
James Pearson, Anaheim, California
SECOND PLACE: "We’re destroying this planet. No help needed"
Dianne Kogut, Raleigh, North Carolina
THIRD PLACE: Caution: Contains Nuts
Joseph Terrill, South Bend, Indiana
"Can you spare some ice?"
Barbara James, Bedford, Massachusetts
"Avoid the Strait of Hormuz!"
Jim Kulakoski, Port Orange, Florida
"Welcome! Have you had your measles vaccination?"
Kim Doyle, Woolwich, Maine
"Welcome! (Just don’t enter through southern border)"
Don Walker, Lexington, Massachusetts
"Keep flying over the cuckoo’s nest"
Barbara Harman, Concord, California
"Come join us; it’s warming up here"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"Hold on while we tidy up"
Ken Liebman, Williston, Vermont
"I hope you have a round-trip ticket"
Mary Shaull, West Bloomfield, Michigan
"E.T. go home, for your own good"
George Pendergast, Weston, Massachusetts
"We were taken in by our leaders"
Laurel Rose, Pittsburgh
"We’re actually smarter than we act"
Linda Konrad, Vero Beach, Florida
"Come back later, we’re not ready"
Cary Rosenzweig, Palo Alto, California
"We can’t explain any of it either"
Lou Franzini, Jacksonville Beach, Florida