Oct.24th news) 'Devil' fear sparks French defenestration
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27-10-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Oct.24th news) 'Devil' fear sparks French defenestration
Sydney Morning Herald

This kind of headline is what prompted the "Darwin Awards" to come into being, I just know it. Dodgy
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28-10-2010, 02:06 AM
RE: Oct.24th news) 'Devil' fear sparks French defenestration
Send it to the Darwin awards site. It will be a welcome addition. There is a catagory for stories where no one dies.
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28-10-2010, 04:09 AM
 
RE: Oct.24th news) 'Devil' fear sparks French defenestration
In a related story, I found the following tidbit at

http://www.tobacco.org/History/Tobacco_History.html

Quote:1492-11: Jerez and Torres Discover Smoking; Jerez Becomes First European Smoker

Rodrigo de Jerez and Luis de Torres, in Cuba searching for the Khan of Cathay (China), are credited with first observing smoking. They reported that the natives wrapped dried tobacco leaves in palm or maize "in the manner of a musket formed of paper." After lighting one end, they commenced "drinking" the smoke through the other. Jerez became a confirmed smoker, and is thought to be the first outside of the Americas. He brought the habit back to his hometown, but the smoke billowing from his mouth and nose so frightened his neighbors he was imprisoned by the holy inquisitors for 7 years. By the time he was released, smoking was a Spanish craze.

It seems that his neighbors assumed that the smoke meant he was in league with the devil. He's lucky they didn't burn him at the stake!
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