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The odds of us being the only intelligent life in the universe is pretty low. While we may never discover the answers to otherworldly sentient life in our lifetimes, it doesn't mean at some point in the future there won't be some kind of bridge built between our civilization and another. But what will that civilization be like? Will they come in peace or will the arrive for war? Odds are whatever first message they send will be a big sign of what's to come.


Reddit user, u/silly_vasily, wanted to hear about:

What would be the scariest message humanity could receive from outer space?

Seems Like An All-Around Win

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Deploy your planetary shield. Incoming gamma ray burst in 48 hours.

attorneyatslaw

What do you mean? We are all getting superpowers. Total win.

usernamesarehard1979

Well, It Certainly Wouldn't Be All That Surprising After Our 2020

"Experiment unsuccessful, prepare for termination and reset."

ArdenMidnight

This Would Be Horrifying

Screams, and an abrupt stop.

GhostTypeTrainer

Did you know that a lot of signals in space indeed resemble a scream[?]

Natan_Loko

Oh Yeah, We Still Don't know Where It Came From

"Earthlings, can we have our ball back please?"

Hippletwipple

No can do. It kinda turned into our moon and now we need it to support life

aaron2718

Let's Examine The Subtext Of What Receiving A Message Would Actually Mean

Anything that we could understand would be pretty scary. Like they just send a "Hey we're aliens nice to meet you" message but if it happens to be in one of our languages that means they've been studying us or something like that.

OddFeature

We Should Certainly Try, No Matter What

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You are the last.

Be better than us.

AresLeviathan

...Damn It.

We've been trying to reach you about your cars extended warranty

Danfu_92

At Least They're Giving Us A Heads Up?

Just a countdown timer with no other context.

Comprehensive-Fun47

The countdown starts at 10 and unexpectedly stops at 5. People start to panick and get confused and worried, but as years go by and nothing relevant happened, most of them think it was a huge case of mass hysteria. People shrug it off and most start to forget about it.

But 5 years later, and completely out of nowhere, boom 4 - 3 - 2 and it stops again. Oh no...

marisquo

Something Is Coming For Us

"We are sorry, we weren't able to stop them."

Pljdm

Stop Being So Loud

Stop transmitting, they will hear you.

mrmartyv

Who Truly Knows What's Going On Out There?

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Just a distress signal on permanent repeat. Then another one a few years later. Then another one. Then another ten. Then thousands.

Then they all just stop.

matty80

[There's] a short story about this.

Humanity start getting signals from everywhere and when deciphering them it turns out they are basically goodbyes from every other species as the universe ends.

wental-waynhim

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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