Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win a one-night stay at the new Disney Explorers Lodge with up to three friends!
Votes close at midnight on Sunday.
I really want to give away my obnoxious friend Ryan, but since they wouldn't want him, I'll offer them sentience instead - the first, fleeting glances of attraction, the initial insecurity, the hoping, the praying, the nervousness of the first date, the promises, the late-night talks, the feelings of just the two of you against the world, the security, the hearth, the mistake, and the sense of emptiness that comes over you when you realise that no matter how sorry you are it‘’s already too late. Welcome to Earth!
An egg tart! It's a delicious snack found in many cha chaan teng and it's a great example of how Western culture influenced Hong Kong when it was a British colony. I hope I can give an egg tart to the aliens face to face. I could give them a history lesson about egg tarts as they chow down on the flaky puff pastry.
Nasa's Cassinispacecraft ended its mission last month. It gave us loads of beautiful photos, but where do we get them now that Cassiniisn't there any more? For that reason, I would give a DSLR camera to the alien species. Then they can capture memorable moments in space, helping them to keep a record of what's happening out there, and to look at places they can explore in the future.
A MacBook. The latest one. The aliens would be able to use it to become more familiar with English, and how we live on Earth. Once we establish a way to communicate with them, and have a better understanding of each other's culture, we would be able to combine our intelligence to come up with all sorts of new technology. Just imagine the sort of things we'd be able to develop - from all-new renewable energy sources to self-tying shoes!
I'd give them the iPhone X. If they're friendly and fun to be with, why not give them a phone so they can call us to meet every once in a while? With loads of cool apps at their fingertips, the aliens might end up as addicted to Snapchat as we are! We could update each other on what's happening on our planets, and about other important things. They could also entertain themselves by playing online games.
If any of you have seen the movie Pixels then you know how the humans in the film gave a video gaming clip to the aliens. Sadly, those aliens were hostile and attacked Earth, but imagine if you gave peaceful aliens a clip of humans playing video games. That would be pretty cool because it represents our culture and creativity. That's why I would give a peaceful alien species a collection of our video games.
We can't assume that these aliens will be able to speak English, or even have the same technology as us. This means anything written or digital is off the table. We also don't want to show them a historical artefact, because it's not an accurate reflection of what we're like now. That's why I would give them water. Water covers a large area of our planet, and no one here can survive without it.
I would give them the Bible, which represents the many beliefs of humans all over the world. The Bible has brought war and conflict to humans, as well as peace, and I think it's an accurate representation of us. If they are a peaceful alien race, I don't think they would turn against us. And anyway, the good teachings found in the Bible will tell the aliens we, too, are a peaceful species.
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