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Mars and taxes
The Washington Post, August 8, 2012

"The rover ushers in a new era of exploration that could turn up evidence that the Red Planet once had the necessary ingredients for life—or might even still harbor life today."—The New York Times, Aug. 6.

(A subterranean classroom on Mars. Life forms appear humanoid except for much larger brains. All wear white garments that look like silk nightgowns. Students gab before their professor shows up).

Student 1: This one seems bigger.

Student 2: Pretty fancy landing.

Student 3: But it still doesn't know we're here, right?

S1: It scoops soil. It can't detect underground cities. They're still pretty primitive .