Explain,” said the interrogation machine…

… “Describe their cul­ture.”

They have an impor­tant cel­e­bra­tion,” said E.T., “called Hol­low Bean. Every­one carves faces in fruit squash­es and dress­es up in sheets.”

Who holds this cel­e­bra­tion?”

The chil­dren, who actu­al­ly rule the Blue Plan­et of Earth. They are more intel­li­gent than the old­er peo­ple and out­run them on bicy­cles.”

The machine whirled around him again. “And what is the pur­pose of this cel­e­bra­tion?”

To col­lect the all-impor­tant food.”

Which is?”

Can­dy.”

– William Kotzwin­kle, E.T. The Book of the Green Plan­et. 1985, Berke­ley Books.

Hap­py Hol­low Bean, every­one! And b. good.

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