Culture What Should Be the First Thing We Say During First Contact with Aliens?  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the phrases you think would be most appropriate as humanity's first message to extraterrestrials.

The world has been waiting for extraterrestrials to land on Earth and give humanity the go-ahead to enter the interstellar community since the 1950s, when stories of UFOs and crop circles reached their zenith. The capabilities of science here on earth are certainly humbling. We’ve created scientific wonders like modern medicine, air travel, and nearly instantaneous communication across the planet via the Internet and phone lines. Yet, aliens have yet to make their presence known. What would you say to aliens during first contact? What questions would you have if you had the chance to lead Earth's very fist meeting with intergalactic travelers?

What do we say when we meet aliens? After traveling endless light years to finally let us in on the secrets of the universe, extraterrestrials need to be impressed by the questions we’ll undoubtedly ask. The best things to say to aliens at first contact are likely going to be simple questions that show we’re in the know when it comes to things like the chemical make up of different planets and the complexities of space travel. We also may want to ask questions about how they got here, where their planet is, and the intricacies of life and society on their home soil. 

Will we ever meet aliens? This question remains unanswered, but it couldn't hurt to make some preparations. Vote up the phrases you think would be most appropriate as humanity’s first official message to extraterrestrials. 

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178 36
Welcome to Earth

128 20
How Long Have You Known About Earth?

139 26
Where Did You Come From?

120 22
What's Your Planet Like?

119 22
Are There More Species Out There?

129 30
How Does Interstellar Travel Work?

115 25
How Did You Get Here?

106 29
How Long Did It Take You to Get Here from Your Planet?

77 37
What Kind of Fuel Does Your Ship Use?

92 51
What Is the Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything?

77 57
Please Don't Blow Us Up

25 6
Clare Renoir added Do You Think It Is Possible To Build A Future Together?

61 53
Are You Actually Aliens, or Are You Humans from the Future?

60 52
Can You Help Us Reverse Global Warming?

70 66
Be Honest, Did You Help Build the Pyramids?

63 58
Is There a God?

52 59
Please Take Us With You

4 10
I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours...

22 42
Michelle Benson added Sorry, You Really Caught Us at a Bad Time.

29 55
What's the Economic Structure of Your Society?

22 75
Is the Moon a Hologram?

12 74
What Is Pizza Like Where You're From?

10 88
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