Let me sum up:
Humanity translated via aliens, à la "3rd Rock from the Sun"
Let me splain:
The husband and I bid farewell to cable recently and have been getting our kicks through streamy netflix. We've been watching some classics, like "3rd Rock." Sappy enough for me, ridiculous enough for physicist husband. We've really been enjoying it.
I'm not a dorky English major, but sometimes I like to pretend I am. I've been thinking of how many cool bits of pop culture give us humanity through the eyes of aliens...or at least beings alien to humankind. I actually rely on this trope while doing IQ testing with kids--the vocabulary section usually starts with a question like "What is a shoe?" Which is kind of a weird question to answer. And when kids give a blank stare it is often helpful to follow-up with something like "Pretend I'm an alien from another planet and I've never heard of a shoe before-- what can you tell me about it?"
Lots of other alien goodness comes to mind..."The Forgotten Door," The Little Prince, The Doctor, Dr. Manhattan. Uhhhh, Blue Man Group? All give gorgeous takes on what makes us tick. Another favourite has got to be Anya from "Buffy." Alright, she's no alien, but the transformation from vengeance demon to high schooler was always rife with hilarity...and sometimes tears. Other favourites?