October 9, 2020

Alien invasion could be just what we need

The roller coaster of 2020 just keeps on twisting and turning. We have come to expect the unexpected every week, and sometimes every day. But there is hope. Although much of the year has been marked by tragedy, discord and sometimes chaos, many people have rallied together—at least in spirit, if not in person—to find hope and support through virtual community and even some laughter.

Along that vein, we offer a little escapism as a coping strategy. Halloween is coming up, so there’s no time like the present to seek distraction from our scary 2020 reality. Let us turn to an out-of-this-world possibility: extraterrestrials.

Alien invasion? Bring it on

An alien invasion would be distracting, at minimum. Disruptive, certainly. Welcome? Maybe.

We haven’t heard much about aliens yet this year, aside from possible life on Venus. But you never know; it’s only October. There’s still time for an invasion. It might be just the distraction we need.

Don’t worry, you’re covered

Just in case the unthinkable happens, several insurance companies are promising to have your back, should you be abducted by outer-space baddies. Check out this story and accompanying video about an insurance agency in Florida that has sold more than 6,000 alien-abduction policies since 1987.

The policy, which costs $24.95, promises to provide coverage for psychiatric treatment to readjust to Earth life after having been kidnapped on an alien craft. It even includes sarcasm coverage, if dished out by a close family member.

Yes, the coverage is tongue-in-cheek. (We are not endorsing it, by the way!) It pays out $1 per year for up to 10 to 20 million years. So far the agency has paid out on one claim (which can be pretty hard to prove, so kudos to the claimant).

In an unbelievable year like 2020, an alien invasion—or even an abduction or two—would be the ultimate stomach-drop of the roller coaster ride. It certainly would provide a needed distraction. For now, at least the concept of alien-abduction insurance lightens things up a bit. Sounds perfect. Happy Halloween!

by Kris A. Mainellis