Did you know the muses in Hercules have names?
Calliope, Thalia, Melpomene, Clio, and Terpsichore. (inspired by x)
There exists a popular Greek legend which talks about a mermaid who lived in the Aegean for hundreds of years, who was thought to be Thessalonike. The legend states that Alexander, in his quest for the Fountain of Immortality, retrieved with great exertion a flask of immortal water with which he bathed his sister’s hair. When Alexander died, his grief-stricken sister attempted to end her life by jumping into the sea. Instead of drowning, however, she became a mermaid, passing judgment on mariners throughout the centuries and across the seven seas. To the sailors who encountered her she would always pose the same question:
"Is Alexander the king alive?" (Ζει ο βασιλιάς Αλέξανδρος;), to which the correct answer would be:
"He lives and reigns and conquers the world." (Ζει και βασιλεύει, και τον κόσμο κυριεύει).
Given this answer she would allow the ship and her crew to sail safely away in calm seas. Any other answer would transform her into the raging Gorgon, bent on sending the ship and every sailor on board to the bottom.
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
— The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams, 1922