Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger; the earliest specimens date to about 1600 BC.
The later Iron Age sword remained fairly short and without a crossguard.
That mythology, in turn, has spurred a reactionary, perpetual spasm from people who are horrified by what they hear.
You'll have a figure say, "The computers will take over the Earth, but that's a good thing, because people had their chance and now we should give it to the machines." Then you'll have other people say, "Oh, that's horrible, we must stop these computers." Most recently, some of the most beloved and respected figures in the tech and science world, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have taken that position of: "Oh my God, these things are an existential threat.
The National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office released Australian emissions statistics for the June Quarter of 2014.
The headlines hitting the press this week are saying we reduced our emissions by 1.4%.
They're an existential threat, whatever scary language there is.
My feeling about that is it's a kind of a non-optimal, silly way of expressing anxiety about where technology is going.
These "old-world" plants are thought to have originated in India and played an important role in ancient Egypt and Assyria as early as 1100 BC.
The banana belongs to the plants of the ancients and has been given God-like powers in many diverse cultures.
They mail the coconuts to their snowbound relatives elsewhere. Ten years ago, on the Puna side of this island, I spent my first few nights in Hawaii sleepless and stunned.
It wasn't just the sudden transition from stark northern Europe to the lush and humid tropics that kept me awake.
A sword is a bladed weapon intended for slashing or thrusting that is longer than a knife or dagger.