No offence, ET

This is the first verse of the poem the human race wants to send into space:

look at your hands
your beautiful useful hands
you’re not an ape
you’re not a parrot
you’re not a slow loris
or a smart missile
you’re human

(‘Human Beings’, Adrian Mitchell)

And this is currently the Babu’s all-time favourite culturally sensitive quote:
“When it goes into space and it’s read by aliens, I’d hate for them to think that it’s anti alternative life forms,” says Mitchell.

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