I like to answer surveys in my spare time. Typically I get points that I can turn into gift cards or cash. It takes forever to get a reward, but I don't mind. It only takes about a half hour a week or so. Usually I don't meet the criteria. I think I am getting old. B likes to make fun of my "second job" and will say things like "Nice making $3.00 for an hour's worth of your time." Well, that is $3 he doesn't have, right? Also, I multitask while answering.
So as to the point of this post, sometimes the survey givers like to make sure you are paying attention. They will throw in some question like "pick answer B." I am quite adept at spotting those and moving through. However, the other day, one particular question and, more specifically the answers, made me do a double take:
Which of the following major life events have occurred within your immediate family (you or your parents, spouse, or children) within the last six months:
Graduation from college
The birth of a child
The purchase of a new home
Traveled to outer space
None of these
Did you read that bolded answer? "Traveled to outer space" seems like a logical response to "What have you done in the last six months?" Are you kidding me?
I am curious. How does one go about traveling to outer space? Is it only through alien abduction or the Space Shuttle? What about now that the Space Shuttle has been put out of service? More importantly, you know that a LOT of people chose that as an answer and not in an ironic kind of way. WAY too many people.
That reminds me of a segment on a morning radio show recently that challenged its listeners to find one of them that had actually had contact with an alien. There was the usual bright lights, weirdly shaped floating football shaped flying machines and almond eyed aliens at the end of beds. Then there was the lady who posed this question:
If these aliens are so advanced, why do they only visit and not stick around?
I am pretty sure the answer is contained within the question, don't you think?