"My mother was a changeling (?), my father I knew not. The brothers of my father loved the hills. My city is Azurpiranu (the wi
lderness herb fields), which is situated on the banks of the Euphrates. My changeling mother conceived me, in secret she bore m
e. She set me in a basket of rushes, with bitumen she sealed my lid. She cast me into the river which rose not over me. The riv
er bore me up and carried me to Akki, the drawer of water. Akki, the drawer of water, took me as his son and reared me. Akki th
e drawer of water, appointed me as his gardener. While I was gardener Ishtar granted me her love, and for four and (fifty?) ...
years I exercised kingship." - Attributed to Sargon of Akkad
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the se
ven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as
if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars
Why haven't we colonized space yet? For the same reason we haven’t colonized Antarctica. I's very cold and not a lot of fun a
nd if you go outside you die. - Scott Alexander