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Laputa

    '''Laputa''' is a Fictional country|fictional place from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
    Laputa is a flying island or rock that can be directed byits inhabitants in any directionIts tyrannic ruler uses it to control the mainland by threatening to cover rebel regions with the island's shadowThe people of Laputa are fond of mathematics and technology but fail to make practical use of their knowledgeThey had mastered magnetic levitation and discovered the two moons of Mars (something which would not be discovered in reality for another 150 years) but couldn't construct well-designed clothingThis has long been regarded as a satire on a state ruled by a Whig government as opposed to the Tory government Swift personally advocated
    The "Laputa Missile Complex" is the target of the B-52 bomber "Leper Colony" in the 1964 satire Dr Strangelove a reference to the highly theoretical discussions of nuclear war and deterrence that led the world to catastrophe in that film
    The 1986 anime film Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki features a floating city named Laputa after that of Gulliver's Travels The original title of the movie was Laputa but it was re-named for the English-speaking market when dubbed into English by Disney because "La puta" means "the whore" in Spanish Swift probably knew this and Miyazaki probably did not The Walt Disney company did and as the American distributor of Miyazaki's films contracted the name to "Castle in the Sky" The US release of the movie is not to be confused with Miyazaki's 2005 movie Howl's Moving Castle
    As "la puta" means "the whore" some Spanish editions of "Gulliver's Travels" use "Lupata" as a euphemism

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