Now and Then: Youth Finds Artifact Identified as "Computer"

Funny story written by DocORock

Sunday, 27 May 2007

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May 26, 2307 DalWorth, New Texas - A youngster was hover-bumping with a few friends four hundred miles outside DalWorth, New Texas a few minutes ago when he discovered what scientists are calling "the find of the century".

In Last Field, New Texas, Anson Wyler-Smythe-Colheebee-Brown was going in for the kill in a friendly game of low-ground demolition derby when a beam of light glistened its way into his eyes. The flash was bright enough to debilitate his final maneuver - the crash dismembered his left leg. The youth administered immediate medical attention to repair his leg, then chanced dismounting his hovercraft to investigate the object on the ground. Although children are forbidden to risk the hazards of touching earth, Wyler-Smythe-Colheebee-Brown was compelled to explore the cause of his limb-ripping accident.

As a result, the boy earned a Scientific Achievement award for transporting a 330-year-old artifact back to DalWorth - a device identified as a "computer".

Wyler-Smythe-Colheebee-Brown was met with a barrage of remote data collectors outside his home in DalWorth yester-minute. The DCs first asked to record how the child felt receiving such a prestigious award for his finding. The boy stated, "Good, I guess. I feel good." Asked how it felt to stand and walk on land, he replied, "Mushy. It...yielded some under my feet. Very strange."

The object the youngster retrieved from Last Field, New Texas, which is crude and solid, has been identified as a primitive version of modern infowave devices. Mister Albert Unger-Hathaway-Lee announced that "...although the object has been analyzed by DocBots for only a few minutes, it is with certainty that this thing must have come from a civilization much like ours. That is, it was created by a people who are not of Earth origin. Interesting, though, this society is undoubtedly of ancient ancestry." He adds, "Either that or it's a little toy of some sort."

The archaic device bears odd markings, which DocBots have discerned are "characters", or symbolic images known to have been used by some civilizations during times that it was required of them to communicate through written means.

The artifact will be analyzed for the next ten minutes or so. Following that, it will be teleported to the World Park of Sediments and Styrofoam, where this "find of the century" is expected to naturally degrade some day with the rest of the relics of the world.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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