October 23, 1690

On October 23, 1690, the citizen of Haarlem, Netherlands revolted against the government for one day. The city had enacted a public ban against smoking. The citizens rose up, for a little bit, and hacked and coughed their way to the town hall, where they had a bit of a rest. They then yelled and protested, after which they needed another spot of rest, and then vigorously voice their displeasure with the ban. After which, they quietly staggered off to their homes for a lie down and then to the pubs for a pint to help soothe their frayed nerves.

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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