The XSEED 4000 is currently on the drawing board for construction and
if it receives the green light, will be the world's tallest populated
structure at a whopping 13,000 feet. Just to put that into perspective,
the current reigning champ is Taipei 101 at a mere 1,671 feet.
Not only is it destined to be the tallest but also the largest self-sustaining structure. Designed to look like Mount Doom
Mount Fuji, the XSEED 4000 represents the Japanese view of a utopian
society. The building will be powered by solar energy and can house up
to 1 million inhabitants.
Let the semen of a man putrefy by itself in a sealed cucurbit with the
highest putrefaction of venter equinus for forty days, or until it
begins at last to live, move, and be agitated . . .at this time it will
be in some degree like a human being, but, nevertheless, transparent
and without a body. . . if now, after this, it be every day nourished
and fed cautiously with the arcanum of human blood, and kept for forty
weeks. . .in perpetual heat . . . it becomes thencefold a true living
infant, having all the members of a child that is born from a woman,
but much smaller. . . should be afterwards educated with the greatest
care and zeal, until it grows up and starts to display intelligence." From Frankenstein Factors by Bill Ectric
Paracelsus was just his street name, by the way. His real name was Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim.
Curious Expeditions has come across the grave of Rabbi Judah Lew ben Bezalel, called the "Maharal," creator of the golem of Prague:
In 1580 the Jewish community was under attack, and was about to be
accused of a ritual child murder, a common way a arousing public hatred
against Jews and inciting a mob to anti-Jewish violence. It was also an
excuse often used to expel the entire Jewish community from a city.
Worried, the Maharal asked God what to do. That night in his dreams he
was given instructions on how to create a Golem: a creature made of
Even for the holiest of men creating life is forbidden by Jewish law,
but in this case an exception was to be made. The task would be a
dangerous one. He was to use the "Shem Hameforash", the true name of
God, a word so powerful that it could easily kill its speaker. After
purifying himself, the Maharal went to the river, and by torchlight
sculpted a giant body out of the river clay. After performing the
complicated rituals from his dream, he wrote the word Emet, meaning
God's truth, across the muddy forehead. The Golem's fiery eyes snapped
opened to his master.
The Golem is soulless and unintelligent, a brute enforcer. It is said
the Golem successfully defended the Jewish community against its
aggressors, but that as it grew larger and larger it began attacking
Gentiles and terrifying Prague. In some tales the Golem turns even on
the Jews and its own creator. Eventually the Maharal was forced to
destroy the creature by wiping off the first letter written on its
forehead, changing the word from Emet, or God's truth, to the word Met
or death. However the body of the Golem was to be stored in the attic
of the Synagogue in Prague. Perhaps the Golem still resides there
today, waiting for the word, waiting to be summoned.