They found the couch in space.
The audio clip became an internet phenomenon from the moment it was leaked onto YouTube, like some kind of toxic spill that everyone got their footprints in. For a while there, you couldn't leave your house without hearing that iconic, muffled space-voice say, "Houston, we have a loveseat."
And what was silly was that it was a loveseat. Red upholstery, two alien coins and something that scientists could only guess was an extraterrestrial cough drop between the cushions. How the hell was Earth supposed to compete with that? How the hell were we supposed to move on with our lives knowing that some intelligent alien society was missing their furniture?
Anyway, the government got involved and covered the whole thing, claiming it was an elaborate Russian hoax or something. Nobody believed it; it's difficult to get an idea out of the public's head once they've gotten it on YouTube.
The issue settled. We grasped at newer and stranger mysteries until the S