Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1897 Punch cartoon confirms dragons read books on Mars

A Message from Mars.

(A mysterious meteorite is reported to have fallen lately, on one side of which are cabalistic characters supposed to constitute "A Message from Mars." Mr. Plinth has deciphered it, and gives herewith a free translation and pictorial illustration.)

Manage things better here? We do, my boy!
We know how to exist and to enjoy;
Which you do not. Men call me god of war,
But there's no fighting in my blood-red star...

Read the rest of the poetic commentary in Punch’s Almanack for 1897

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