The document appears to relate to the history of some kind of lost land or continent, known as "Ispog". It is possible that this could be identified with the fabled land of "Isspologin" mentioned in the Upanisshhads, or even the semi-sunken island of "Isopolis" mentioned in the fourth fragment of the apocryphal fifth dialogue of Archimedes; but it is impossible to be certain.
Further light was shed on the mystery one day when I was in Tokyo on a study-tour of sex-bars. As I was passing the GiantMammary FuckPub, a unique combination of traditional Irish pub and lap-dancing emporium, my attention was diverted from the fascinating semiotics of the space by an unexpected encounter between my head and the pavement. On regaining consciousness, I noticed that a fragment of paper had been dislodged from behind the gargantuan neon breasts that covered the fašade of the aforementioned salon. It contained the mysterious message, "Pogopsi was here". ith mounting excitement I realised that the latter part of the word was an exact inversion of "Ispog". What could it mean? I regret that, after fifty years of feverish searching, I have drawn a complete blank. My obsession with the lost land of Ispog has cost me my fortune, my mind, and my health. I die a broken man, but, having failed in my quest to recover the location of the lost land of Ispog, I present this manuscript to the world in the hope that someone, somewhere, may be able to shed more light on this most perplexing mystery.
The History of Ispog, by Ian Jackson, MGopsi, Pogopsi, Gopsiiiiiiiii.
|And in these days of woe it did betide that some people, perfectly sane and shining with virtue, did once again slide the pole. But then they got eaten by dragons.3|
1. F. K. Gumpthaven, "Recent Discoveries in Roman Ispog", Journal of Perfectly Sane Archaeology, VI, pp. 345-9,876.
3. Assole, Life of Alfred, Text B, Fragment D.
4. Conqueror, William, Domesday Book (London and Bayeux, Norman University Press, 1066), pp. 26-7.