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[–] Eualos 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Brilliant!

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[–] MrPim 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

This is great.

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[–] Lag-wagon 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

This story is fantastic.

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[–] Draewa 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I've heard this exact story before, but as a Till Eulenspiegel story set in Saxony during the 14th century! It's called "How Till Eulenspiegel paid an innkeeper with the sound of his coin", I believe. There's a Nasreddin Hodja version of it, too. Interesting how folklore spreads across cultures.

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[–] Skyrock [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

There is an argument that the original verdict may date back to ancient India or China, if it was ever actually given. The one attributed to Ooka Tadasuke is to my knowledge the oldest one attributed with an identity verified by independent written records (unlike Nasreddin, whose place of origin is still contested, and Till Eulenspiegel, for whoms existence only spurious proof exists), so it is the one I am sticking with.

It makes either way for a great anecdote.