Scandinavia and the World

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Hot Tea 20 2, 4:49pm

'@boring7' when Mark Twain wrote about that cup, he missed the obvious: if you have a heavy cup that you need to hold with both hands, you don't need to stab or throw a punch - just use the cup to split the other guy's skull. Finnegan's wake in reverse.

The thing that didn't fall by the wayside of Russian history is long tradition of mass fistfights as a folk entertainment. Restraint there is demonstrated by not hitting anyone in the face or groin, and not kicking people while they're down.