I am one of a handful of people who can read Sumerian, the world’s oldest written language (c.3000 BC, from cuneiform tablets in Iraq/Mesopotamia). Not a great party trick, I grant you, but wonderful if you are into UFOlogy.
You see, according to a Russian-born "scholar", Zechariah Sitchin, the truth about human origins is revealed if one carefully studies the mythology of ancient Sumer. Sitchin proposes that Earth was colonised 450,0000 years ago by an alien race fleeing their dying home planet, Nibiru. Known in different cultures as the Annunaki, the Nephilim and the Elohim, about 300,000 years ago the aliens genetically upgraded monkeys to create a perfect slave race: humans.
This reminds me of a guy I met on my mission who claimed he’d worked out what star Kolob was. I wish I remembered which one he said. Anyway, no mainstream Mormon wastes much time on these things, but it is interesting how Mormonism can (like bona fide Sumerology) work in favour of X-philic geeks:
Kolob, Extra-terrestrial Adam, bright "personages" floating in the air, etc. etc.
[P.S. I’m back in the USA after an extended stay in the Motherland. Expect more postings at this rag as a consequence.]