April 24th, 2006

domo-kun is a viking!

Interesting Historical Fact Of The Day

Well, as I was watching Charge of the Light Brigade on what is quickly becoming my traditional Monday night DVR movie viewing, I thought I'd do a little browsing on wikipedia on the topic of the Crimean War, of which I have but sketchy knowledge (well, at least compared to my knowledge of a great many other wars -- I suppose the average American probably isn't even aware that there was a Crimean War, much less when it occured or who was involved).

Anyway, I discovered something fairly amusing. It appears that the principality of Berwick-upon-Tweed was technically at war with Russia for over a century due to a minor error in the diplomatic settlement ending the war. Or, actually, it probably wasn't, but either way, it's an amusing story.

Incidentally, it wasn't until I saw this movie that I realized where the word "balaclava" came from (and yes, I have two), it being named after the city Balaklava, where the charge of the light brigade occurred. I supposed it joins the bikini as being one of many articles of clothing named after a place for no particularly compelling reason.
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