Humanity’s first contact with another intelligent species occurred somewhere entirely unexpected: Mike Henderson’s shower curtain.
Nobody knows how long the algae had been on the curtain, but it was long enough for it to develop a sort of hive intelligence that introduced itself by writing a message of peace in green slime.
Mike took the logical first step of posting a picture of it online.
Unfortunately, his mom saw the post firs, and missing the historic significance entirely, used her spare key to enter the apartment and clean his bathroom. Thus a civilization died beneath a wave of scrubbing bubbles.

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