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An alien in our midst  
« on: Jan 25th, 2017, 5:33pm »
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An alien lands on Earth.  While she is still inside the craft, she is excited to think about how she will soon be able to see humans for the first time with her own eyes.
 
Then she exits the craft in full view of a large crowd of humans. However, nobody takes much notice of her, and she doesn't notice them either.
 
What happened?
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 7:49am »
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A solar eclipse. Or they are all blind. Or she is one ugly alien. Did she take form of Oprah?
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 9:22am »
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"She" is in her parent's womb?
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #3 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 10:19am »
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She is among babies or imbeciles?
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 11:08am »
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Alien's first answer and rloginunix's answer are both good, especially rloginunix's neat idea. (That would have to be one precocious alien, though!)
 
Although it might not be clear from the way the riddle is worded, I intended "in full view" to mean there was nothing obstructing their view of her, which would perhaps preclude these answers, however.
 
No intended answers yet. (An ugly alien would surely attract more attention, no?)
 
on Jan 26th, 2017, 7:49am, alien2 wrote:
Or they are all blind.

The humans are just a generic bunch of humans.  So some are male, some female, some young, some old etc...
Some might be imbeciles or babies, but not that many.  At least one of them is blind, but certainly not all of them.
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #5 on: Jan 26th, 2017, 6:51pm »
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Size mismatch? This particular alien species is about the size of a grain of sand. So the humans don't notice her, and she has a hard time seeing them through all the sand / grass / whatever.
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #6 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 12:10am »
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on Jan 26th, 2017, 11:08am, dudiobugtron wrote:
(...) (An ugly alien would surely attract more attention, no?)

Not if you go blind for the rest of your life.  
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 12:25am »
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on Jan 26th, 2017, 6:51pm, pex wrote:
Size mismatch? This particular alien species is about the size of a grain of sand. So the humans don't notice her, and she has a hard time seeing them through all the sand / grass / whatever.

This certainly fits all of the parts of the riddle; she might not be able to see the forest for the trees.  Not the expected answer, but I think it should count as an alternate answer.
 
In my answer, she has done her research properly and so no unexpected events occur.
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #8 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 1:42am »
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Is it at all possible that she looks just like a human? If she looked like Godzilla everyone would have noticed her.
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 2:30am »
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Wavelength mismatch, then? Her "eyes" aren't sensitive to the light reflected by humans, and vice versa.
Edit: Although this might contradict "having done her research properly"...
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 27th, 2017, 3:06am »
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on Jan 25th, 2017, 5:33pm, dudiobugtron wrote:

What happened?

You posted a riddle.
 
Or she is a bitch. Dog, I mean.
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on Jan 27th, 2017, 2:30am, pex wrote:
Wavelength mismatch, then? Her "eyes" aren't sensitive to the light reflected by humans, and vice versa.
Edit: Although this might contradict "having done her research properly"...

Neat idea!  I think we would definitely notice a non-visibly-reflective shape - although perhaps not if the craft was also similarly unreflective!
 
You'd have to wonder how the craft managed to land, though, if that were the case!
 
on Jan 27th, 2017, 1:42am, alien2 wrote:
Is it at all possible that she looks just like a human?

This explains why the crowd of humans didn't notice her, and is compatible with the expected answer. Now it's time to flesh it out Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 28th, 2017, 12:53am »
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By 'alien' you simply mean that she is an Englishman in New York. She just returned from the Moon. Nobody really cares about her astronautic accomplishment because we landed on the Moon long time ago. Therefore it is not a giant leap for mankind anymore, rather one small step, although, being an emotional woman, she feels as if it were a giant leap.
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on Jan 28th, 2017, 12:53am, alien2 wrote:
By 'alien' you simply mean that she is an Englishman in New York.

Precisely Smiley
 
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She just returned from the Moon. Nobody really cares about her astronautic accomplishment because we landed on the Moon long time ago. Therefore it is not a giant leap for mankind anymore, rather one small step, although, being an emotional woman, she feels as if it were a giant leap.

How does this explain why she didn't notice the crowd?
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #14 on: Jan 28th, 2017, 1:54pm »
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on Jan 28th, 2017, 1:09pm, dudiobugtron wrote:

(...) How does this explain why she didn't notice the crowd?

How would I know? I am not a mysterious woman. I am just an alien.
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Re: An alien in our midst  
« Reply #15 on: Jan 29th, 2017, 9:51am »
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Before she can see other people, she first needs an operation.
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 29th, 2017, 10:40am »
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on Jan 29th, 2017, 9:51am, towr wrote:
Before she can see other people, she first needs an operation.

Oui!  The puzzle is solved Smiley
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