August 30, 1146

On This Date in in 1146, European leaders outlawed the crossbow. The NCA (The National Crossbow Association) quickly came out and protested to King Louie VII, King Stephen, and King Conrad III that if crossbows were outlawed, then only outlaws would have crossbows. The kings laughed and said they were doing this to make sure war would never rear its ugly head again. Turns out every king kept hundreds and hundreds of crossbows hidden for the moment when they knew the other kings had destroyed all their crossbows. They were all disappointed in the other kings’ actions. Not ashamed about theirs, but disappointed that the others weren’t more trusting. King Conrad of Germany quickly quipped and asked sarcastically in his thick German accent, “What next? Shall we outlaw poisons and bribes?”

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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