Today’s post comes from Minnesota’s 9th district Congressman Loomis Beechly, representing all the water surface area in the state.
What wonderful news from the surface of Mars – that the Curiosity rover has discovered evidence that the planet went through an extended period when it was very wet, and Gale Crater was a large lake.
That makes Mars very much like Minnesota, notwithstanding the uninhabitable bleakness of its current configuration.
You decide which one I was referring to right there. Hard to do? You bet! Mars and Minnesota – separated at birth!
That’s why I intend to introduce a bill in Congress to make Gale Crater our first off-planet sister state! Is Congress even the place to do that? I have no idea – it’s never been done before!
We have so much in common, including a history of splashing streams and bubbling rivulets leading into large, round bodies of water boasting pristine shorelines and magnificent views.
And I’m sure as Curiosity continues its explorations it will find the same things we expect to uncover on the bottom of all Minnesota lakes – lots of fishing tackle, boots, and beer cans.
Mark my words – the amazing discovery that will cinch it is bound to be something like a hat. Why? Because all the elements are there.
- Standing Water means there was a shoreline.
- A shoreline means there was shallow water.
- Shallow water means sunlight warming the soil, which leads to life.
- Life leads to boats, and docks.
- Where there is light and boats and life, there will be floating around on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and napping.
- Where there is prolonged exposure to the sun on water, there will be hats.
- Where there is napping and hats and wind, there will be hats overboard.
That’s just science. I’m serious. Curiosity should be scanning the bottom of Gale Crater for hats. And when we find the first one, I want it to already be a law that Minnesota and Mars are sisters!
Get ready – the family is about to become larger!
What have you lost in the lake?