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Aliens always existed, but we didn't look for them. 16 25.00%
Aliens never existed, but we started seeing them when we started looking for them. 12 18.75%
My mother-in-law is an alien, that's why I know they exist. 4 6.25%
My science teacher did some strange experiments on me, but that's not conclusive evidence aliens exist. 0 0%
I am an alien and I can prove it. 1 1.56%
I am an alien (but I can't prove it.) 5 7.81%
Aliens exist, but they don't make their presence known to us (they are smarter than that.) 16 25.00%
I might be an alien, I'm not sure (but I get a strange urge every now and then.) 3 4.69%
I know for a fact my parents are aliens, that makes me one, unfortunately. 1 1.56%
I am glad I am an alien, aren't you? 6 9.38%
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Old 07-12-02, 10:52 PM   #1
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Aliens

Aliens (not illegal immigrants) suddenly cropped up about the same time we "Earthlings" became aware of the possibility they might exist. Which of the following does this suggest to you?
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Old 07-13-02, 12:32 AM   #2
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Interesting, isn't it, that the media has consistently for the last 25 or more years given us a largely unvarying image of the 'grey men'? Now we see that image on t-shirts, bumperstickers, coffee mugs, and in film and television.

A friend once postulated that perhaps the most effective way to prepare the populace for the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence is to first inundate popular culture with icons meant to represent these beings in a fictional (and therefore safe) context.

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Old 07-13-02, 07:38 AM   #3
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We've always had elves, fairies, demons, angels, spirits....maybe we have discovered their true nature now. Or, more likely, we are just slapping a new, modern, and culturally-acceptable label on something that has been with us all along (whether they are materially real, part of our human psyche, or some non-corporeal, not-yet-understood part of the world.)

Many of the old fairy stories--the REAL ones, before they were prettied up for children and the upper class--are similar to today's UFO stories....mysterious abductions, dangerous and inexplicable beings, lost time, snatched babies, dire warnings not to tell anyone what you've seen...
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Wouldn't it be an enormous waste of space if we are all there is in the vast universe? There has to be other life elsewhere.

Some ask why would they come here. Probably for the same reasons we go across the planet to look at ants or beneath the oceans to look at tube worms. I think (hope) you get my point.
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All I know is if aliens don't ride bikes they won't impress me!...Next poll; Do aliens ride 1)roadbikes 2)mountainbikes 3)hybrid,cruise,cyclocross 4)bents
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How would we know if someone was an alien. Maybe we could look for seemingly normal people who do odd or inexplicable things.

What about sitting inside a metal cage for hours moving an inch at a time? OH NO! Peak hour motorists are all aliens.
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Old 07-13-02, 06:32 PM   #7
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Wouldn't it be an enormous waste of space if we are all there is in the vast universe? There has to be other life elsewhere
I certainly won't rule out the possibility of other life in the universe, or even in this Solar System. The thing is, when most people think of 'aliens' they think of green men in flying saucers, and they also assume that we'd be able to detect their communications if they were anywhere near us.

On the first point, life can be something as small as a virus, and it may be that they don't even use flying saucers at all. On the communications bit, heck we can't even detect it when ants communicate with each other, what makes people think we'd be able to hear extra-terrestrial beings.
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Old 07-13-02, 06:34 PM   #8
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I just noticed Hillyman's sig. Unfortunately I can't make it to Indiana that weekend.

I might have to make up for it with local hills.
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I am getting all kinds of reaction from that sig,ya I'd say that might be a trip for you Chris
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I am getting all kinds of reaction from that sig,ya I'd say that might be a trip for you Chris
It does look very interesting.
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I'm the only one who knows the truth about my mother in law?

Hillman, I'll keep it in my mind but it's awfully flat here and that's a long way to go to get my butt kicked.

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yes there are aliens.... and they ride the tour. there is no humanly way possible to ride those grueling climbs. why do you think we poke and prod lance and the others? it is for years of them probing us. they just don't talk about the anal probes at the tour....
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I'm aware of at least TWO aliens on this thread, and they both have over 3000 posts. Luckily they are on different continents so their power to subvert is limited.
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they just don't talk about the anal probes at the tour....
For that I think we should be relieved.

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I'm aware of at least TWO aliens on this thread, and they both have over 3000 posts. Luckily they are on different continents so their power to subvert is limited.
Be afraid... be very afraid.
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I'm aware of at least TWO aliens on this thread...
I am glad I'm an alien, aren't you? Actually, there is only ONE of us, but we are able to exist simultaneously as two individual entities on separate hemispheres.
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Don't count on it, buster.
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Holy Moly, they're threatening me from two fronts!
HELP!!!
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BEAM UP UP!!!
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I am getting all kinds of reaction from that sig,ya I'd say that might be a trip for you Chris
I can't make it either - I almost as far away as Chris
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But YOU could win the most miles traveled award!!!!!
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Hmmm... I think it'd be interesting to compare sightings of UFO's over a period of time. I've heard of old sailors reporting flying ships that looked, surprisingly, like ships. Then we had the classic 50's saucer. Now in the 00's lights & energy are cool.

I have an alien inside me. It cant take its alcohol as well as I can <RIP Babylon5>
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You never see the cigar-shaped UFOs anymore. What's the deal?
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Old 07-14-02, 05:44 PM   #21
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I'm with Stor Mand,

there has to be something out there more intelligent than we,
if there is not, well we're F*&%'ed.

Whats the half life of plutonium again...?

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You can say what you like about Aliens, but they do make some pretty nifty bike multi-tools.
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Bikes N Drums,

Big recall... something to do with the containment field generator going out of phase and....

er...

yes, we, uh... er they do make cool bike tools eh?
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I, too, am an alien life form... I hope to ride in the Great Pumpkin Ride in Evansville/Newburgh this year and maybe the Hilly Hundred next year if I get time in the saddle...and a new bike... Thx for askin'....
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You never see the cigar-shaped UFOs anymore. What's the deal?
It was those damned bucket seats and the oh-so-PC absense of a dashboard lighter and ashtray in those later models.

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