in reply to 2 basic questions
my $check = 'a';
$check++ for 1 .. 5;
my $check = 'cd';
substr $check, 0, 1, q();
Or, use a substitution:
my $check = 'sp';
$check =~ s/^.//;
There is no Extraterrestrial life
There aren't any suitably capable Extraterrestrials
Interstellar travel is too difficult
We're too uncool / not worth the trouble
What do you mean they haven't visited?
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