By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer
My e-mail is frequently larded with interesting nuggets, such as this revelation:
"The aliens are in touch. Whenever I use my computer, they underline certain strange words on the screen ... It's a message." Possibly. Then again, perhaps the correspondent should turn off the spell-check on his word processor.
It's as predictable as a low-grade sitcom, but every day I arrive at my office knowing that before quitting time, I will get at least one phone call or e-mail from someone who has news so startling, it should rock the world like Mick Jagger on tour. Generally, these folks are ringing or writing to report something strange in the sky or an oddity in a photo. Occasionally they inform me that smooth-skinned beings from another world, clearly overstepping the bounds of polite behavior, have abducted them for a few hours of malicious molestation.
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