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by Phil Temples

The universal greeting was broadcast from Cygnus 394B to Earth via tight neutrino beam at a frequency close to television channel 13. The old woman’s television set was badly mistuned; she alone received the historic signal that day.

“Damn that Home Shopping Network!” yelled Priscilla. She smacked at the on/off switch and, on arthritic legs, teetered off to the kitchen to make a snack.