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Bryn Mawr Announces Intergalactic Partnership

April 1, 2011

Bryn Mawr Announces Intergalactic Partnership

April 1, 2011

Pennsylvania’s venerable Bryn Mawr College launched itself into the 21st century today by announcing a new partnership with the Bithnian University of Science and Technology. Many U.S. colleges have international programs but, as Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe observes, “Global partnerships are so 2010.”

“Bryn Mawr is simply beyond global, and we are boldly going where no college has gone before. Our students need to learn to be intergalactic citizens.”
–“Bryn Mawr leads intergalactic Age With Bithnian Partnership” (Press release).


Space Aliens on Meteorites!

March 7, 2011

Space Aliens on Meteorites

Space aliens invade Earth, riding on meteorites! They’re bugs! Microscopic bugs!

Or … maybe not:

“Has Evidence for Alien Life Been Found?” Ian O’Neill, Discovery News

“Bacteria….FROM OUTER SPACE,” Science vs. Pseudoscience

“Has life been found in a meteorite?” Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy

 “NASA Scientist Says He Sees Alien Fossils in Meteorite,” Dan Satterfield, AGU Blogosphere

“Bugs From Space? Forget It,” Richard A. Kerr, ScienceInsider

“Aliens Riding Meteorites: Arsenic Redux or Something New?” David Dobbs, Neuron Culture


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Those Pesky Space Aliens

May 4, 2010

Those Pesky Space Aliens

Space aliens could be a right pain, says Professor Stephen Hawking, so if you run across some leave them be. The famed astrophysicist made his remarks in a recent television program (he’s British and thinks it’s a “programme”).

Dr. Hawking belives that space aliens are probably out there. If they come here, he reasons, they will be Columbus and we’ll be Carib and Arawak indians. Seen many Caribs or Arawaks lately? Right. That’s his point.


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UFO Hits Geese, Lands in Hudson

June 8, 2009

UFO Hits Geese, Lands in Hudson

Photo: U.S. Navy.

An intergalactic space vehicle with 150 life forms on board came down in the Hudson River off Manhattan after hitting a flock of geese yesterday. Miraculously, everyone was rescued, but several beings without exoskeletons were slightly injured and taken to New York hospitals which accept ALF health insurance.

NASA is investigating reports that the spacecraft hit a flock of birds after entering Earth’s atmosphere and buzzing Yankee Stadium. Witnesses saw the vessel make an emergency landing in the Hudson, kicking up a cloud of spray on the river.

“The Warp Drive blew. There was fire everywhere and it smelled like xenon,” said a passenger who looked like an ambulatory sea urchin. He  She  It said the pilot announced that the craft was descending rapidly and told passengers to brace for the impact. “We hit that fluid stream pretty hard. It was scary.”

“You gotta give it to the pilot-thingy. The Hive Mind made a hell of a landing,” it added, visibly shaken. Another rescued passenger who looked like a hairless anteater told CNN: “It’s just incredible that everyone’s alive.”


Intergalactic Eats

May 10, 2009

Intergalactic Eats

Rokeg Blood Pie. Vulcan Plomeek Soup. These are two of the space snacks served by Washington’s Avalon Theatre Cafe during the first run of the new Star Trek movie, writes City Paper‘s Tricia Olszewski.

The Avalon’s recipes are adapted from those of Talaxian chef Neelix, misidentified by the Express as “Starship Enterprise chef.” Haw. Everyone knows Neelix ran the galley on the USS Voyager (and we thank him for his service). Neelix was played by actor Ethan Phillips, co-author (with Willian J. Birnes) of The Star Trek Cookbook (1999). Scholarly space chefs may want to compare this with the so-called Official Star Trek Cooking Manual (1978), attributed to Mary Ann Piccard and Nurse Chapel.

Star Trek grub will be on the Avalon’s menu through May 21st, and burger joints have Trek-related alien eats, but earlier generations of Star Trek theme restaurants are now in eclipse.  There have been recent sightings of alien edibles in some quadrants of the Web, however. To intercept, see this orientation, then set coordinates for these locations:


Danger, Bill Richardson!

January 27, 2009

Danger, Bill Richardson!

Stardate 27 January 2009.An anomaly has appeared on the dashboard of Starship NotionsCapital. Hundreds of unknown entities are accessing an older blog post about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, not the new, updated one, violating conventional laws of the Blogosphere. Holy Einstein! Have we drifted near some Black Hole or Space Warp?

 No!  Space Commander Bill Richardson just gave his “State of Outer Space Address,” boasting :

We even went boldly where no state has gone before—launching Spaceport America, signing Virgin Galactic as an anchor tenant, and starting a new commercial space industry in Southern New Mexico ….

Danger Will Robinson Danger, Bill Richardson! Do not enter into compacts with space aliens! The say they come to serve your citizens, but they will serve them on a bun, with slaw!


Pixels to Ponder, 22 January 2009

January 22, 2009

Pixels to Ponder

  • Perhaps we could re-define disease as “Terrorism” and fight it under provisions of the PATRIOT Act.
  • Baby boomers who had cosmetic surgery don’t go to the movies anymore. They hate looking at young film stars and seeing that their old noses are back in style.
  • The new president should immediately abolish Gatorade. Why does the government support idle critters? Damn gators should get off their lazy butts, catch something, and eat it.
  • Most Americans have changed their minds and believe the scientific evidence that Global Warming is real. Now they want the government to stop those space aliens from causing it.



December 6, 2008


WTF? A UFO on Capitol Hill? NotionsCapital’s Mike Licht was an eye witness:

At 5 PM today I was on Barracks Row, walking toward Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Looking to my left, I saw a round or spherical shape in the sky, back-lit in the dusk, when the sky is lighter at higher elevations.

Lighting conditions made it hard to judge size (weather or barrage balloon? Hot air balloon? Blimp headed towards or away from me?) and distance (over the Mall, SW or NW DC, Georgetown or Arlington?).  I wasn’t carrying a camera, of course.


Commerce will Blast Off With Richardson

December 3, 2008

Commerce will Blast Off with Bill Richardson

UPDATE: Richardson launch aborted!

Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico will be named Secretary of Commerce by President-elect Barack Obama today. The Governor will probably not bring his pinto pony here to Washington, despite nonstop whining by Malia and Sasha Obama.

The current economic crisis calls for bold initiatives, and Governor Richardson has plans to Go Where No Commerce Secretary Has Gone Before: Space, the Final Economic Frontier. The Governor has invested millions in the Spaceport America project in southern New Mexico. This effort may spur a new economic boom by initiating Space Commerce; it may also out-source your job to Alpha Centauri and bring new meaning to the term “illlegal alien.” Chances are it will just be another extravagant thrill ride for the very rich. The best the rest of us can hope for is getting our pictures taken while we sit on Bill’s pony.

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January 25, 2008


Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich (D, OH-10) has decided to run – for re-election to Congress. He is leaving the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.