Following the sign takes you to a large panel full of buttons with
incomprehensible pictograms. On top of it is a small, wide dark panel you
assume to be some kind of display. A red dot cycles back and forth on it,
giving you the uncanny feeling of being watched by a cylon. There's a round
padded thing on either side which you guess must be speakers.
After studying the panel for a while you decide to take a chance and press a random button. The dot disappears, a green light comes on and an electronic voice from the speakers says:
"You are here."
That is all. No map or picture, just a spoken acknowledgement of your presence. The light goes out, and the dot comes back. Feeling adventurous, you try another button. Dot out, light on, the voice says:
"At the mark the time will be... 42:18."
The light does not go out, so you wait for a while.
Wait, wait, wait...
This is boring.
You are about to give up when the voice says "Mark." and the light goes out. The dot returns.
To heck with it. You try a third button. The dot does its vanishing act, the green light comes on, and the voice announces:
"Today is the. Martian. Holiday of. Gnitchia."
The panel returns to standby mode. Now what?
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