Main Page

And accordingly all Animals may be classified in the following fashion:

a) those that belong to the Emperor,
b) embalmed ones,
c) those that are trained,
d) suckling pigs,
e) mermaids,
f) fabulous ones,
g) stray dogs,
h) those that tremble as if they were mad,
j) innumerable ones,
k) those drawn with a fine camel’s-hair brush,
l) others,
m) those that have just broken a flower vase,
n) those that resemble flies from a distance.

-from the tenth-century Chinese encyclopedia The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge (as located and cited by Jorge Luis Borges in The Analytical Language of John Wilkins)

Welcome to beta pangoria