The Autocrat At The Dinner Table
Gabriel Kuhl | In Medias Res | 6th June 2022
Notes on a state dinner given by Czar Vasili III of Muscovy in 1526, drawn from the diaries of a Habsburg diplomat, Sigismund von Herberstein. The main course was swans served on plates of solid gold. The Czar offered bread to all, but salt only to a favoured few. After dinner each ambassador was taken back to his hostelry by a courtier whose job it was to get the ambassador thoroughly drunk (1,900 words)
Generalist Academy | 7th June 2022
How a glitch in tournament rules left Barbados and Grenada competing to score own-goals in a Caribbean Football Cup tie. No match could end in a draw; goals scored in extra time counted double; Barbados had to win by at least two goals to go through to the next round, otherwise Grenada would go through. As full-time approached, Barbados was one goal ahead. Now do the game theory (660 words)
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