November 16, 1581

On November 16, 1581, crazy Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, grew angry and physically assaulted his daughter-in-law, Yelena Sheremeteva, for wearing ‘unconventionally’ light clothing. Ivan’s son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich heard his wife’s screams and rushed in to protect her. He and the Tsar had a heated row and Ivan the Terrible bonked his son and heir on the head with his scepter. Hard. He bonked him really hard. Ivan Ivanovich died three days later from the bonking. So, in Russia, spare the scepter and keep the heir alive.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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