I once read a story whenever I was a child about a man who lived in a kingdom where no one could criticize their King. If they were to criticize the King and it was reported, it would be punishable by death. One day, a man delivered a message to the King and as the King bowed his head amid some sort of ceremonial rubbish, his crown and hair piece fell off revealing that the king was in fact bald. He was told not to utter a word.The messenger was so overwhelmed that he ran deep into the forest and shouted “THE KING IS BALD” into a hollow log. Feeling relieved and safe from sedition, he went on his merry way.
Some time later a poor foreign man was walking through the forest and stopped for a spell. He became bored and whittled a pipe from the same hollow log. Whenever he blew into it he was shocked to find that it belted out “THE KING IS BALD” rather than producing whatever sound a random wood pipe of some dry, nameless European hardwood would. Delighted and amused, he began running about the forest blowing into the pipe. Unfortunately, the King’s hunting party was abreast that day and upon hearing the man the king grew so enraged and embarrassed that he had the man brought to him, charged him with sedition amid protests and confusion, and had him executed by sword.
Today I saw something like that happen except no one has died…yet.
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- antieverythingism said: omg one of my fav little short tales ^^ but the ending is kinda different :p
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- professorjoke said: I’m baffled as to what could possibly be like that.
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