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My Kind of Solar System

I recently received this card from the SETI Institute, purportedly an invitation for an "Ice Cream Social."  But we all know how these people looking for extra-terrestrials think.  I suspect that this is their way of foreshadowing some secret recent discoveries that they and the military are holding close to prevent the populace from panicking.  

We seem to have lost Pluto, in accordance with recent decisions of the astronomers.  However, the new trans-Saturnian object more than makes up for it in bulk and may someday provide welcome refreshment for intrepid returnees from visits to the more mundane ringworlds and Dyson Spheres elsewhere in the galaxy.

The smudge at the bottom-right of Jupiter appears to be an artifact generated by the postal system, which occurred before they sequestered this document in the, small, dark, output buffer in which it was dormant for several days before I retrieved it.  I'm not paranoid enough to consider the smudge itself to be an alien artifact, as the complicated geometric object clearly is.  Of course, we have no idea what that "smudge" might be hiding.  There's easily enough room behind it for a giant strawberry.

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Richard Factor

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