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Browsing through Border Books (A book shop chain which host an excellent selection of books) I was looking at the gift section. To my astonishment they did have the weirdest look Birthday gifts I had ever set eyes on. Ironically, it was my friends birthday in two weeks, and she is really into the weird and wonderful. However she also wanted to study Astrobiology (I have to, no idea what that was?) so I looked at all the metal tins that looked like they had space on the covers. There was two that stuck out at me, 'Name A Star' and 'Message To Space.' These looked so fun and amazing and perfect, however I decided to go with the 'Message To Space' one as she is a very big Dr Who fan.
What Is It?
The Message To Space Gift Box is for them friends, partners, work collegues or children who are either:
*Dr Who Geeks
*Star Wars Fans
*Mad (But Very Nice Mad)
*Love The Weird And Wonderful
*Very hard to buy presents for
The basic idea for this is, you buy the set, then it gets sent away and sent into space using waves. Now this does sound like a waste of money however if you are the open-minded sort like myself, then imagine and Alien or UFO picking up YOUR message and intercepting it?
What Do You Get?
I decided to buy it, and I have to admit the man who served me sniggered as he scanned it. He was however very sweet and said he was buying this for his girlfriend as she was a really into the whole Alien thing. When I got home, I opened it carefully. As it was in a metal tin, I could just put the lid back on and she would never know that I opened it!
Inside I read about how it would work. Now this is the cool bit:
*You send away your message to space, anything you want!
*It gets sent to the USA were it will be taken to a Space Station and processed
*It will be sent over a laser telescope and will last for more than 1,000 YEARS IN SPACE! That means 1,000 years after you die, your message will still be in space
*You get a certificate in the post after it is transmitted into space. Also the time and the actual message and where it was sent from.
Other Odd Gift Sets
This isn't the only set in the range. My other favourite one is 'Name A Star' which I will definately buy when I get the chance. Here are just a snippet of the weird and simply wonderful gifts you can get:
*Adopt A Vine (Grape Wine For Wine)
*A tree for you (Grow Your Own Tree)
*Become A Laird Or Lady (By a square metre of land in Scotland and legally have the title Laird or Lady!)
*Adopt A Pony (Pick A Exmoor Pony to adopt, and it will send you letters and certificates)
*Name A Rose (One for the mums, there are actually lots of breeds of roses with no names!)
*Astrology Report (What Does Your Stars Say About You?)
*Family History (Submit Your Surname And Get A Full Report On The History And Famous People Who Had The Name)
So there really is something for everyone!
Price And Where To Get It
Now the price, it is considered to be quite expensive for really 'nothing' if you want to think about it that way. I bought mine from Border Books for £17 which is a fair bit of money. However this was just a bit over my budget of buying a birthday present anyway. I've never seen this in other shops however I actually found it yesterday (this is what inspired me to write this review) in WHSmith, who had roughly the same selection as Border Books. Again their price was was £17.
Then I looked online and Amazon had it at a very good price at £15.34 which is an excellent, and best price I can find for the product. As a big user of Amazon, this would be the place I would buy it from or other products in the range. It will probibly pick up in popularity as more people know about it however, so keep your eyes peeled on it.
Response To The Present
After I had wrapped it fully and given no indication of what it could be I gave it to her. I have to say when she opened it she just read the title out loud. Then looking at me exceptionally confused. Because it had really never been heard of, it was surprising and very unique.
After we had got over the laughter and me getting stick for getting such an odd present, we decided the day after to send it away. However it was very difficult to come up with a message...?
What could we send into space that would be there for thousands of years, and could be picked up by humans in the future, aliens or 'something' else?
Getting Your Message Into Space?
The instructions gave us two options. We could send our application to America and wait for the reply or do it online. We chose online as it was easier and we had access to the internet. Also we didn't have to wait as long for a reply back. So what was our message to any unsuspecting Aliens?
"Katie And Janie will be waiting for your arrival, See You very soon and peace on Earth!"
We also added our last names but didn't want to mention them. Anyway that was our message to Space.
What Happened Next
We sent our gift application online and then waited. We had to enter an address, names and our message. After finishing the form we sent it and got a thank you message. Also informed as soon as our message was received and it would be formatted so it could be sent into the big wide world that was Space.
And they were right 3 weeks later, we got a really great looking certificate saying our message was now in space!!! The certificate was fantastic looking and could be easily framed (which we did, it is now in her living room) and be showed of proudly. So for a thousand years, or basically 3008 our message would be in space for who ever wises, to intercept and read or listen to. That is really cool in my opinion.
This is the the most oddest present I have ever bought for someone but I can tell you, it will be the most memorable. For a lot of people reading this review, this may be the first they have heard of this, but you possibly will remember this review, more than one about Yogurt for example.
What Would You Have Wrote If You Could Get A Message Into Space?
Copyright Of Scotlandizdabest 2008
Follow the instructions and send off your message where it will then be coded and broadcast into space!