I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
September 5, 2011
September 5: Peter the Great Declares Tax on Beards, 1698
Peter the Great wanted to modernize Russian. But first he had to do something about all the scruffy types cluttering up his court.