Selling your sofa to E.T.

If you've been on Craig's List recently, you may have noticed a new feature at the bottom of certain ads. Following the old "it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests," is this enigmatic option: "ok to transmit this posting into outer space." And by "outer space" they mean outer space...as in Martians...as in little green men and women. It's all part of a new partnership with Deep Space Communications Network, a private organization devoted to communicating with ETs, in which thousands of ads were beamed into outer space. According to the press release: "The 23 minute transmission included over 24 million words and pictures from the global craigslist community into deep space."So the eternal question as to whether or not there's life out there can now be boiled down to: "So who's buyin'?" (Peek)

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