In 1977 the Voyager spacecraft was launched, and on board were golden phonograph records containing 116 images, and some songs and sounds selected by a NASA committee. The Voyager Golden Record is a kind of time capsule, as it will take the Voyager 40,000 years to reach another solar system.

If it ever falls into the hands of intelligent beings AND they work out the instructions, our extraterrestrial cousins will be presented with such wonders as the colour photograph ‘Demonstration of licking, eating and drinking’. Messages of greeting, such as Turkey’s proclaimation of ‘Dear Turkish-speaking friends, may the honors of the morning be upon your heads’, and ‘Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time’ in vaguely sardonic Amoy (Min dialect).

I wonder if the intelligent beings would understand that the Voyager and the compilation of these ‘Murmers of Earth’ were chiefly a venture of the United States, and that the rest of the planet Earth are not accountable for Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ - which made it onto the interstellar mixtape.

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