Odds and Ends
Can't touch that
1 9, 2:07am
I heard that story too. My grandpa told me, general opinion later was, the germans would have adopted the potato much earlier if someone had bothered to explain to the farmers that they should eat the yummy roots, not the poisonous fruits ...
Old Fritz the only King my socialist Opa had some good words for, in addition to force-feeding potatoes to the general populace, he banned torture, started general schooling, tried to abandon serfdom. He is said to have established religious freedom too, but it was practiced before him. He wanted to get more population and invited immigration and indeed remarked "If muslims and pagans come, we shall build them mosques and temples".