One thing that is not generally known is that the Roman poet Ovid, after being exiled from Rome in the emperor's push to re-establish moral strength among the people, made his way somewhat north and east in to a sparsely populated, marshy area of "barbarians" who were to suffer greatly millenia later when Napoleon launched his invasion of Russia through this area. Sources in the region note that, when his plate of cabbage rolls was not delivered promptly, he insulted his hosts by saying
Dicent stolidi verba polska
Fortunately for Ovid, his hosts, distant ancestors of Rex Davidus, overlooked the slight (or didn't understand it) and gave him the following advice:
Don't go home to Rome by cruise ship.
Despite the best shipbuilding efforts of those who would later form the Hanseatic League, the ship Ovid had been considering of course sank in the Baltic. He made his way back to Rome (once his ban expired) by mini-chariot and lived his years out in peace.
And now, you know the rest of the story. Or you don't, 'cause I made it up. At any rate, that's my (rather pathetic) tribute to Paul Harvey. RIP.
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