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A factory, a gun and a pair of shoes

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.   

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The Ion Luca Paradox: the mystery of Caragiale’s birth date

I love you as the sclave loves…. light and the blind…. liberty!” – Rică Venturiano, a very confused citizen (character from a famous play of I.L.Caragiale, “O Scrisoare Pierdută” [“A Lost Letter”])

Yesterday, 30 January 2012, Google celebrated 160 years from the birth of Ion Luca Caragiale, a famous romanian playwright best known for his satirical humor. 

The problem is that Wikipedia, champion of knowledge, had let us totally perplex by providind 4 different dates of birth for Ion Luca Caragiale, two by old style (the Julian Calendar), and other two by new style (the Gregorian Calendar). At that interval of time (1800 – 1900), there was a difference of 12 correction days between the two calendars. 

So, the four dates of birth are 18 January (O.S.), 30 January (N.S.), 1 February (O.S.), 13 February (N.S.). But which is correct? Searching deeper into the problem, I found that: 

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