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by Steve Kolenberg, on cracked.com (13 January 2013)
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In year 1944, in the city of Zlín, while on the western front against Nazi Germany in the Czech Republic, my grandfather, Mircea Mitroi, leader of a Romanian army battalion in the Tatra Mountains, found himself in a quite difficult situation when, after the eliberation of the city, the soldiers subordinated to his command wanted to steal high-quality shoes from the famous Baťa Factory.
Led by his sense of honor, call of duty and principles of morality, my grandfather forbidden his subordinates to thief the shoe factory, arguing that “We are liberators, not thiefs! We came here to help those men, not pillage their property”. Seeing that he cannot temper the soldiers with words, he grabbed his pistol, pointed them in the direction of the battalion and said: “If someone takes a single pair of shoes from this factory, I will kill him with my own hands!”.
By doing so, my grandfather saved the factory, and it lasted many years after the end of the Second World War.
Beards were and are still a reason of great pride for many. The history of beards is a thick one, especially that of russian beards. In old mother Russia, the beard was a sign of maturity. Tsar Ivan the Fourth was a terrible one, but his beard was amazing.
But there was a tsar which amused himself greatly on the “facial jewelry” of his subjects – first, he obliged them to shave it: some were brought to the barber by force, but if they didn’t want to conform themselves to this new command, they had to pay a…. tax on beard! The funny guy which introduced this tax was a moustached man named Peter the Great, and the russians of his time protected their beard with pride: not only they emptied their pockets, filling the tsar’s treasury, but even wore a medal to certify in public that their beard was….ridiculous.