The many tributes to the late actor Richard Kiel included listings of his most well-known and cherished roles. My personal favorite is the classic Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man.”
Kiel played a member of a giant alien race called the Kanamits. They promised peace and goodwill and offered to share their advanced technology that would provide unlimited energy sources and cure all diseases (although they didn’t promise color TV – the Kanamits, like all creatures on TV at the time, were in black-and-white). As fans of the episode know, the Kanamits gave an encrypted book to the United Nations whose title was eventually deciphered to be “To Serve Man” and whose contents (spoiler alert – seriously, you haven’t seen it yet?) turned out to be a cookbook for humans. The discovery came too late for the narrator, who was telling the story from inside the alien spaceship.
Could this really happen? NASA scientists actually did a study in 2011 called “Would Contact with Extraterrestrials Benefit or Harm Humanity? A Scenario Analysis.” It stated upfront that “To date, humanity has not made any form of contact with extraterrestrial intelligence (ETI).” Is that true or, like an ETI biting into a human sandwich, tongue in cheek?
The report gave three contact scenarios – beneficial, neutral and harmful. In the “harmful” case, it concluded that any ETI that could travel to Earth is “much stronger than humanity.” Which means …
ETI could attack and kill us, enslave us, or potentially even eat us.
What do you think? Would extraterrestrials visiting Earth partake of the local cuisine? If they’re already here, can some unsolved disappearances be attributed to hungry aliens treating us as meals-ready-to-eat?
My plan is to introduce any ETI I meet to bacon.