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planetary satellites and sci-fi

I told marc I'd read somewhere that most solar systems consist of more than one star. Two stars intertwined is a really common arrangement. And along those lines it's weird that the Earth only has one moon. Jupiter has like 60 something, so what's up? I feel like we got jipped in this department... only one sun and one moon.

He says we didn't get jipped, we have life. I said yeah but it's lonely life. He paused and said, "I've got you!"

That's not what I meant :)

But while on the topic, I brought up this bad feeling I have that someday after we've blown ourselves to bits we will be found by an alien race, and they'll find our toy space aliens and Star Trek epsisodes and think that's so incredibly sad. Like we were so lonely in the galaxy we had to make up imaginary friends, like Tom Hanks and that volleyball on Castaway. "They wanted so much to dream that someone would come visit them"...

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ricknm505
Aug. 19th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
I am thinking the aliens are going to find copies of jersey shore or those housewives shows and be glad we blew ourselves up saving them the trouble.
sunneschii
Aug. 19th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I don't think we want to meet somebody "out there". Imagine what we would do.... we already have problems with people different than us.
jackofhearts
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
I saw a thing on the tube about a theory that the Earth once had 2 moons but the smaller one was absorbed by the larger one when they had an orbital collision.
lillerina
Aug. 20th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
It is a little sad that our little planet only has one moon. I think it's more likely that when extra terrestrials come they'll look at, like, men in black and be all 'this is what they thought we were like? Damn. These folks are crazy.'

On another note, I'm sure you're unaware of it, but jipped (or gypped) is a racist term stemming from the idea that gypsies are all cheats or thieves. Thought you might like to know.
spacefem
Aug. 20th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
I had no idea! never seen it spelled "gypped", guess I'll work that out of my vocab.
mrs_dragon
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I found that out awhile back and had the same reaction. :/
hitchhiker
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
that would make a fascinating con panel
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