The Week contest: Alien message
This week's question: Astrophysicists are trying to identify the source of mysterious radio signals that are being emitted at regular intervals from a galaxy 500 million light-years away. In seven words or fewer, please come up with the important message that an alien civilization far, far away might be trying to send us.
THE WINNER: "Opportunity! Send Username and Password NOW!"
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina
SECOND PLACE: "Oops, did I click 'reply all'?"
Max Goldstein, Weston, Florida
THIRD PLACE: "Hawking was right. See you soon."
Jason Feltner, Cheyenne, Wyoming
"Stop sending us Bloomberg ads!"
Peter Smith, Los Angeles
"Greetings, I'm a wealthy Proxima Centauri prince …"
Ruth Gruber, Coconut Creek, Florida
"Please reboot Earth to install critical updates"
Dave Grossman, Petaluma, California
"Happy 499,997,980 B.C.!"
Terry Pedi, Sequim, Washington
"Operator calling. Will you accept a collect call from …"
Marc Loopesko, Seal Beach, California
"Gzorlyx, your mother has your gym shorts."
Brian Mitchell, New York City
"Your planet's warranty is about to expire...."
Ivan Kershner, Salem, South Carolina
"We have disposable anti-viral masks in stock!"
Renee Chevalie, New York City
"Send more Chuck Berry"
Paul McFadden, Hampton, New Hampshire
Harrison Powell, Atlanta
"We have added Earth to our travel ban"
Diane Ross, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
"Cover your mouth when you cough"
Stuart Burkhoff, Great Neck, New York