By Andy Lund
A journalist from Mars is not impressed with the development of life on planet Earth.
Martian reporter: Hello, I'm from Mars. I'm from the Mars Thought Chronicle.
Human: (Shocked) What! You're what?
Martian reporter: I said I'm from Mars. You know the planet. You must have heard of it.
Human: Well, yes of course. I just didn't know there was that kind of hospital around here. Do you want a hand to get home. I'm sure I can help you.
Martian reporter: No you don't understand earthling. I'm from Mars. I have been sent by the Mars Chronicle. The thought transference daily.
Martian reporter: We live a kind of very comfortable existence on Mars, very nice in fact...but it can be a tad boring. And we wondered if it might be worth our while to come to this chewed up golf ball of a planet for a change. I've been sent to see if anything interesting has ever happened here.
Human: Here on earth?
Martian reporter: Yes. Has anything interesting ever occurred here?
Human: Well, let me see. Lots really. It's hard to know where to start. We've invented loads of things. Like ..the telephone.
Martian reporter: (Notes on hand held computer) Yes, go on. What is this wonder?
Human: It's an instrument and you can talk to people everywhere even though they are a long way away and it was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. And you can hear people from down a long wire and it's ever so clear. You can talk to people in America and Africa and, of course, Durrington - though the line's a bit hazy and.....
Martian reporter: Oh for goodness sake. We got rid of that when we went over to thought speak. No, haven't you had anything really interesting that's happened?
Human: There is television...
Martian reporter: Yes, go on.
Human: We can send pictures and sound to people's homes. And there's loads of channels. And there's cable and you can see repeats of Fawlty Towers twice a week. And now there's going to be digital and it's all going to be terribly exciting...
Martian reporter: Oh come on. We don't bother with such toys. Never have done since we invented in-head sound and vision transmission. No, I need something really exciting for the Mars Chronicle.
Human: Well how about...no. How about..? No... I know - the nuclear bomb.
Martian reporter: Yes...
Human: We have invented a bomb that will destroy thousand and thousands of people in seconds. Whole cities can be wiped out...
Martian reporter: Fireworks! No, I can see it's hopeless. I'll have to go back without a story. Pity really. Cheers.
Human: No, wait a minute...there was one thing. Quite a few years ago now...um...God's son, you know, Jesus Christ, sort of ..came to earth and..
Martian reporter: What! You mean he actually visited your plant. This is incredible!
Human: Well yes.. it was 2000 years ago and we're just coming up to an anniversary...
Martian reporter: Recently then. I can see it now. Great headlines. God's son, Jesus Christ came to earth - Grand Reception Party.
Human: Well, no.. it wasn't quite like that..
Martian reporter: Fair enough. How about 'Earth the visited Planet. See how the earthlings arranged the greatest party ever'.
Human: Not exactly that, either.
Martian reporter: Well I'm in the dark here. You'll have to give me details of what you did for Jesus Christ.
Human: We killed him.
© Andy Lund 1999, all rights reserved
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