Everyone thought it was a streetlight. It fizzled out when somebody needed it most, just like a real streetlight. In reality, it was an FTL transceiver used by alien spies. It transmitted a message as follows:
In conclusion, we determine that Earth is a nexus for critical intelligence data. Invading this planet would destroy vital information streams that ensure Empire security. Invasion is not recommended.
“Excellent report,” said Pfingzig, primping his feathers. “We’d suffer awfully without this intelligence.”
“Precisely,” replied Duiphil, collecting the TV remote and popcorn bowl. “We must know who wins The Voice and Dancing with the Stars!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/12/13/15-december-2017/
FTL: Faster Than Light.
Dancing with the Stars: “…is an American dance competition television series that premiered on June 1, 2005…”
The Voice: “…is an American reality television singing competition…”