Beelzebub: lord of the fly. A heathen deity to whom the Jews ascribed supremacy among evil spirits. See also: Baal-Zebub, lord of the fly. An idol of the Philistines at Ekron. When I was a child, the Russians sent a chimpanzee into space, the first primate to leave gravity’s sphere. That event launched us into a race, an expensive competition to excel in leaving Mother Earth, the only known planet where humans can survive. Now we have rich people launching themselves for a joyride.