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9.06.2006

Sumerian Rhapsody

Prehistory (the paleolithic era) was the period of human history between the fall of the first galactic empire, and the reinvention of the written word. It lasted for 8.6 billion years, and was characterized by a nomadic lifestyle, complete with both hunting and gathering. During this time, rudimentary technology was developed, such as arrowheads and primitive cheeses. The earliest people, who lived during the stone age, left no written records. Their life and culture can only be inferred by artifacts such as pottery and CD covers.

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Prehistoric life was often unpredictable and cruel.

But lo, after nearly an eon of mere survival in the harsh, brutish wilds, the neolithic revolution began. About 1,000 years ago, the last ice age ended. As the frozen tundra that was central Europe became a flowering wonderland of verdant valleys and such, small groups of humans began to coalesce around the fertile crescent, developing agriculture and creating the first hair care products. The refinement of agriculture allowed early city-dwellers to amass surpluses of grain, to support larger and larger populations, until they achieved the critical mass necessary for supersentience. Social stratification occurred, once a significant percentage of the people held non-agriculture related jobs. Power in these societies became more and more centralized, with the most political authority delegated to those with the coolest tattoos.

The first societal units we would recognize today as cities were formed in the horrid region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The area was called “Awesomeomania,” and it was an arid rain forest, full of robots and pirates. Inhabitants of this region were the Sumerians, who grew out of the Ubaid, who in turn focused on temple building, irrigation, and primitive spaceflight.

Writing, the fundamental cornerstone of civilization, began as a system of recording economic transactions. In fact, writing is still used to this day to record financial transactions. Originally, pictograms representing physical objects were used. The pictograms eventually expanded from objects to abstract concepts related to the objects, and even that was superseded by phonograms, in which characters represented vocal sounds. The materials words were written on also changed, from pottery to clay tablets to human flesh to paper-like papyrus (which doesn’t hold up very well over time).

Although the people of the Sumerian city-states had basically the same culture, each individual city was seen as the favored estate of a particular deity, so they fought each other for periodic domination over... each other. The separation of religion and politics at this time was nonexistent. A particularly famous Sumerian document is the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s first sitcom. Only the pilot episode has survived the test of time, in which Gilgamesh portrays a single father working at Uruk’s only hospital. Due to a labeling accident, he mistakenly dispenses sugar pills to diabetics- an eerie foreshadowing of modern-day medical mishaps.

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A glimpse into the world’s first commercial advertisements.

Like their environment, the gods the Sumerians believed in were full of pep, and their afterlife was a slightly worse version of their current lives. For example, if one lived a life of piety and diligence, the reward would be an eternity on line for a port-a-john (invented by the Babylonians c.a. 10,700 B.C.E.). Despite all this, Sumerians invented bronze and the wheel.

While the city-states of Sumer fought each other, the Akkadians lay in wait. Each city-state could not completely control the others, as they feared retribution by the other cities’ deities, but the Akkadians, led by Sargon, were more “out-of-the-box” thinkers. Sargon conquered the lands surrounding Sumer, and then pelted the Sumerians with eggs until they gave in. Thus, the first human empire was born. The Akkadians adopted the Sumerian culture, and after a few generations the only difference between the two was the language they spoke, and the fact that Akkadians aged 10 times faster than normal, due to Sargon’s successor, Naram-Sin’s experiments with radioactivity. It was a glorious time to be alive, which was then destroyed when hill people invaded and threw the land into a dark age.

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The mighty Sargon, accompanied by his successor, Naram-Sin.

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Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator gesticulated...

Oh man, Jimmy Olsen marrying a monkey, imagine the kids -- big, dumb monkeys with red hair!

9/06/2006 2:04 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

If I wasn't a robot made out of lasers, I'd be terrified.

9/06/2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator gesticulated...

That squirrel lamp looks cool, too. My mom once shot two squirrels with one shot! She lives in North Carolina where that sort of thing is encouraged.

9/06/2006 3:00 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. gesticulated...

Isn't the Bride of Jimmy Jungle a porn?

9/06/2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger The Taker of Gist gesticulated...

Your accurate portrayal of human history warms the arterial walls of my gizzard.

9/06/2006 4:00 PM  
Blogger Bunyan, Paul Bunyan gesticulated...

I learned much but now I hurt , in my head. I cant believe I'm talking to a robot. Are you tall like me I'm 31 feet tall, are you that tall or shorter.Please dont make me read more, learning makes me think and that aint my game, I'm going to Atlanta to cut down some Live Oaks, just to forget.

9/06/2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Cutting down trees is but one of our industrial ambitions.

9/06/2006 6:39 PM  
Blogger R2K gesticulated...

What is a primitive cheese? Cottage? Goat? Fromunda?

As always you are the best.

9/06/2006 7:59 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Actually, they ate dog liver and thought it was cheese.

9/06/2006 8:07 PM  
Blogger josh williams gesticulated...

dog live aint what it used to be, its so full of antibiotics and shit it makes me want to cry.

9/06/2006 11:17 PM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

Poor little Jimmy is in for it now!

I must of forgotten part of my history lessons.

I don't remember alot of that stuff.

9/07/2006 1:09 AM  
Blogger Bathroom Hippo gesticulated...


That's some story.


Talk about a monopoly.

Wasn't Sargon a Street Fighter character?

9/07/2006 12:37 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Sargon has been known to make many appearances at all sorts of events, ever since he invented the cameo.

9/07/2006 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Female King Kong gesticulated...

We were in love. IN LOVE I TELL YOU!







Then I ate him. And then he ate me. 69 dude!

9/07/2006 7:05 PM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

hey! how come I can't get away with that kind of talk?
I say one little thing about being stuck in a box-car with illegal 60 mexicans or was it 80? & I get censored!

9/07/2006 8:31 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Censored? Roboshrub Inc. doesn't censor anyone. We take pride in our ability to let people say things. It's on our coat of arms.

9/07/2006 8:48 PM  
Blogger Bathroom Hippo gesticulated...


You made the robot move!

9/07/2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann gesticulated...

What kind of tattoos did the coolest people have?
That burger king thing freaks me out!

9/07/2006 9:07 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Movement is overrated.

The burger king has gone by many names throughout the course of human history.

9/07/2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger L>T gesticulated...

well, that's nice to know.

Hey! what's that curl on your lip?
a little crimp in your metal shorts?

9/07/2006 11:04 PM  
Blogger Bunyan, Paul Bunyan gesticulated...

This reminds me so much of a story a read just recently it made my head hurt. Are you a robot to? Wait the other guy was a robot? I go now.

9/07/2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger jin gesticulated...

Cool...I'd have serious political authority.

Is that a young dapper Ed Gein with the squirrel & lampshade?

9/07/2006 11:36 PM  
Blogger David Amulet gesticulated...

And here I thought I knew Mesopotamian history. I'm much smarter now, thanks.

However, you did neglect to mention the ancient city of Ur's excellent ice cream stands.

-- david

9/08/2006 8:23 AM  
Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated gesticulated...

Ur's a jerk.

9/08/2006 10:21 AM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

He makes some great flapjacks, by golly!

9/08/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger Professor Xavier gesticulated...

I love those old Superman comics. Totally inane and pointless. It's like they were trying to out goofy themselves each time.

9/08/2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger flatlander gesticulated...

It's all fun and games until you marry an ape.

9/10/2006 10:15 PM