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The skinny: Aliens probably trying to talk to us right now

Space oddity

Aliens probably trying to talk to us right now

Voyager 2 is a NASA spacecraft that was launched in 1977 and has sent back stellar data ever since. But Germany's Bild reports that in April, the messages became strange and confusing. Which has led German academic Hartwig Hausdorf to assume that it has been hijacked by aliens. "It seems almost as if someone has reprogrammed or hijacked the probe," he said. "Perhaps we do not yet know the whole truth." NASA says that it's probably just a software problem. But no one writes about software problems, so the hijacked-by-aliens theory is getting traction around the world.

Special delivery

Mail piles up, so he moves out

Paul Noga, 38, is a former mail carrier in Newcastle, England. He pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing mail from his route. All told, authorities found about 76,000 letters and packages in his apartment. So many that Noga abandoned the apartment — with the mail still in it — and moved in with his mother, reports the Daily Mail. At some point, he says he also burned about 1,000 of the packages, presumably when he was running out of space. His lawyer said he did it because he was overworked and overwhelmed.

Philly carrier only filled his garage

Seems like nothing by comparison, but the U.S. Postal Service has recovered about 20,000 pieces of mail from the garage of a letter carrier in Philadelphia. The carrier, who was not named in the report, stopped coming to work in February, and officials don't know where he is. (If they want to take any clues from the item above, they might try looking at his mom's house. Just an idea.) Some of the mail dates back to 1997, and it took three mail trucks to clear out the garage. It is being delivered this week.

Cleaning up

Good-deed doers are also honest

Employees of a local credit union were cleaning up their mile of highway on Route 39 in Huntsville, Utah, when one found a wallet. They checked the ID in it, called David Davis and arranged to return it to him. Davis was stunned. He lost the wallet nine months ago, when he stopped for gas while pulling a personal watercraft and left it on the trailer before he pulled off. Then he got it back and was even more surprised to learn that his license and credit cards were still there. And more than $170 in cash. Still there, after nine months on the side of the road. Surprise warranted.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

The skinny: Aliens probably trying to talk to us right now

05/14/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:48pm]
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