On the “What would be humans’ weird thing” topic
What if it’s this insane need to over optimize? I mean, look at our competitions. You can run fast enough for any practical purpose with, like, a few months’ training. And most species stop there, like sane people.
But not humans. Humans are like, “Oh, well, you can cover a mile in 4 minutes and 3 seconds? Well I can do it in 4 minutes and two seconds!”
Most species figure that, if you don’t drown when you’re thrown in a liquid, that’s what we call a “good swimmer”. But humans are like “No, you have to swim in this specific way. And then we’re gonna see who can do it fastest!”
How many millions of dollars have been spent on technology, nutrition, equipment, not to mention hours upon hours of practice, just to shave 1/10 of one second off of a race time??
Or they make up rules, and then compete to see who can adhere to them better. “Strap blades on your feet and move across a slippery surface – but do it in this way, in this amount of time: no more, no less!”
We have competitions wherein the top two competitors differ only in their ability to make a single muscle twitch 2% faster than their opponent, or to make this muscle twitch instead of that one. There is no practical difference between an Olympic weightlifter and any random US Marine… but we keep holding the Olympics anyway.
And I just think it’s possible the aliens are going to look at that and go… “You do what, now?”