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Wretched Excesses

January 6, 2010

A new book by Miranda Carter on three late nineteenth century emperors, details one of the most outrageous examples of the TMMNEB Syndrome (Too Much Money, Not Enough Brains) that I’ve ever encountered. King George V of England, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany were cousins who loved to hunt.

Nickie happily recorded 667 animal kills in one big day in 1893; not to be outdone, Georgie bragged he’d brought down 1,000 pheasants in a day. Willie, a more assiduous record keeper, calculated he’d killed 33,967 animals by 1897. So much for noblesse oblige!

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