Syrians Ask For Help From Mars

The despair of the civil war-torn people of Deera, Syria has reached a point such that appeals to the people of Mars seem appropriate.


(Plea from Deera, Syria)

In his 1867 novel From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne described a method by which the people of Earth could communicate with aliens on another world - the Moon:

I am bound to add that some practical geniuses have attempted to establish actual communication with her. Thus, a few days ago, a German geometrician proposed to send a scientific expedition to the steppes of Siberia. There, on those vast plains, they were to describe enormous geometric figures, drawn in characters of reflecting luminosity, among which was the proposition regarding the `square of the hypotenuse,' commonly called the `Ass's Bridge' by the French.

`Every intelligent being,' said the geometrician, `must understand the scientific meaning of that figure. The Selenites, do they exist, will respond by a similar figure; and, a communication being thus once established, it will be easy to form an alphabet which shall enable us to converse with the inhabitants of the moon.'
(Read more about Verne's method to communicate with extraterrestrials)

This picture is taken from University of Michigan professor Juan Cole's excellent Middle East blog Informed Consent.

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