The Author permitted to see the Grand Academy of
        Lagado. The Academy largely described. The Arts
        wherein the professors employ themselves

THIS ACADEMY is not an entire single building, but a
continuation of several houses on both sides of a street,
which growing waste was purchased and applied to that
   I was received very kindly by the Warden, and went for
many days to the Academy. Every room hath in it one or
more projectors, and I believe I could not be in fewer than
five hundred rooms.
   The first man I saw was of a meagre aspect, with sooty
hands and face, his hair and beard long, ragged and singed
in several places. His clothes, shirt, and skin were all of the
same colour. He had been eight years upon a project for
extracting sun-beams out of cucumbers, which were to be
put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the
air in raw inclement summers. He told me he did not doubt
in eight years more he should be able to supply the
Governor's gardens with sunshine at a reasonable rate; but
he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me to
give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity,
especially since this had been a very dear season for
cucumbers. I made him a small present, for my lord had
furnished me with money on purpose, because he knew
their practice of begging from all who go to see them.

Jonathan Swift, "Gulliver's Travels, Part III: A voyage to
Laputa, Balnibarbi, Glubbdubdrib, Luggnagg, and Japan",


The Blind Men and the Elephant
Five Weeks in a Balloon
Perfection can't be rushed
The man higher up
"Faster, Faster!"