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Every year on July 2, people all over the world celebrate World UFO Day, a special day dedicated to studying Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and exploring the possibilities of life beyond Earth. This day is filled with excitement as UFO fans of all ages come together to discuss and debate these fascinating topics. It's a time when enthusiasts share their curiosity about UFOs and the future of life among the stars.
I read an article in a magazine where Dr Jonathan Jang, a NASA scientist, talked about the search for extraterrestrial life. He mentioned broadcasting a message to the Milky Way, and the first thing he would want to say is, "Hey, we understand mathematics, and we count in tens." That's quite an opener, and it made me feel proud to enjoy mathematics so much.
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