The First Contact Team placed their starship in low Earth orbit. Even with naked eyestalks, they could see the Great Wall of China. During further orbits they located The Pyriamids and the Taj Mahal.
“Clear signs of civilization!” said Vyrllt, undulating into The Decision Room.
“I agree,” said Hqqrt, raising a pseuodopod. “I vote for contact.”
The last vote fell to the often truculent, Spphrt. A prodigious eater, he was easily three times larger than his slender colleagues.
“Bah!” he said. “Have you observed their media? ‘Dumb and Dumber?’ Their politicians are no better. Then again, there may be hope for this species. Let us forgo sterilizing the planet. I vote for contact as well.”
“What?” The other two were shocked. Hqqrt said, “You never vote for contact. What convinced you?”
Spphrt took another bite of Chicago-style deep dish pizza. “What? Oh, those lovely structures of course.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/04/28/great-wall-of-china-china/