Super-genius and Eddie Redmayne look-alike Stephen Hawking announced Monday the launching of the Breakthrough Initiative, a $100 million campaign to search the universe for intelligent extra terrestrial life.

The historic campaign will utilize two massive telescopes, the Parkes Telescope in Australia and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, to scan the universe for alien civilizations. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) group have conducted similar searches in the past, but never on this scale. Over the next ten years, mankind will be able to search ten times more of the heavens than we have been able to up until this point in order to discover any life sophisticated enough to broadcast a signal with the “power of common aircraft radar.”

The major benefactor for the operation is Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, but it could be that just a little of the greatest star search since Ed McMahon hung up his tux is being paid for by weed and dick jokes?

An open letter from the Breakthrough Initiative was signed by such giants of the astro-physics world as Hawking, Cosmos producer Ann Druyan, celebrated space-time theorist and Interstellar consultant Kip Thorne, and of course, Ted 2 director and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

There is no confirmation that MacFarlane is included in this elite squad due to financial assistance he may have given the organization. MacFarlane has leant his celebrity to host the group’s Breakthrough science awards and his voice to their cool project demo reel. But whether his money raised from jokes concerning weed-smoking teddy bears, weed-smoking dogs, and even weed-smoking aliens contributed directly to the endeavor, or his celebrity which came from such stoner humor just added to its visibilty, we can still safely say that weed jokes are going to help us find alien life, so our headline remains legit. Journalistic integrity, baby.

The Breakthrough Initiative is also putting on a $1 million contest to see who can come up with the best message to convey to alien life if and when we make first contact. Perhaps all of MacFarlane’s involvement in the group is just a ploy to make sure he wins the contest and that “Prom Night Dumpster Baby” is the first bit of humanity ever glimpsed by an extraterrestrial.

Bonus: here’s a real video of a joint that got launched into outer space back in 2013…

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