Star Chain Letter

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Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2001 12:11:33 -0400
From: “Ray Semiraglio”
Subject: [FWD: FWD: Fwd: Fw: Fwd: message from Betelgeuse]

>> Alpha Centauri
>> Andromeda
>> Ursa Major
>> Betelgeuse

Simply send 6 x 10^50 atoms of hydrogen to the star system at the top of the list, cross off that star system, then put your star system at the bottom of the list and send it to 100 other star systems. Within one-tenth of a galactic rotation you will receive enough hydrogen to power your civilization until entropy reaches its maximum.

Also note that a civilization near the Galactic Center sent 6 x 10^50 hydrogen atoms to the first name on the list and has not been disrupted by devastating solar flares or meteor strikes since. On the other hand, the civilization once located where the Crab Nebula now stands chose to ignore this message.