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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Emperor's New Chairs


Modernisation has been the motto of many a ruler. But Emperor Menelik II (1844-1913) of Abyssinia (now Ethopia) takes the cake with the cherry on the top. On hearing of the new modernised way of killing convicts - the electric chair (first used on August 6, 1890) - the emperor decided to implement it in his country. He put an order for three such chairs with the American manufacturer.

When the delivery arrived and a trial run had to be conducted, it was discovered that the chairs needed electricity to carry out their desired function. And Abyssinia had no electricity. The progressive emperor couldn't let his investment go wasted. He adopted one of them as his imperial throne.

5 Comments:

Abaniko said...

Stupid as stupid can be. And where did the other two go?

dwaipayan said...

i think soumyadip got one as a gift. but his conditiuon is same as Emperor Menelik II due to the infamous delhi power cuts.

Golden Face said...

This is more similar to the ruling of our Indian Government.

Interesting Info.

But it is embarrassing that inventions are most of the times used for destructive purposes.

Avik said...

quite interesting....good job pal....

The Emperor Himself said...

Great Going..