Teutonic Tuesday

Restaurierter Pfauenthron König Ludwigs II.

On the night of June 12, 1886, a group of psychiatrists drove up the dark road to Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle in Bavaria on a mission to take the lord of the manor, King Ludwig II (1845-1886), into custody. When they got there, they encountered a bloated man weighing 120 kilograms (260 lbs.), ravaged by the constant use of the soporific chloral hydrate, his teeth ruined by sweets.

A short time earlier, Ludwig, sensing his impending doom, had asked for potassium cyanide. “Hurtling downward from the highest levels of life into nothingness — that is a lost life, and I cannot bear it,” he wrote.

The king was not “incurably” mad, as the medical experts claimed at the time. At most, he was nothing more than a quirky eccentric. The real reason for his arrest was that he had lost control over his finances, and had amassed 14.5 million marks in debt. More than 100 creditors, including foreign banks, were threatening foreclosure. He was arrested to spare the Wittelsbach dynasty the humiliation of having its assets seized.



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9 Responses to Teutonic Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    The first victim of sugar overload of notoriety, bloated with rotten teeth, privilege did not help this man as his sweet tooth got the best of him until it fell out with the rest.

    Let this be a lesson to all sweet-toothers out there, use sparingly or end up like Ludwig.


  2. Den says:

    Pay up suckers, take our money our whole lives then dribble it back to us at whatever rate they decide when we retire?



  3. David B. Benson says:

    Checked the Mayo Clinic website for gout information. They don’t list salmon as a food to avoid. Hooray! The SPF herbed salmon here at the Hillside Cafe is particularly delicious.


  4. Den says:

    Why we don’t take Foxes fishing.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Ran out of gigs a couple days ago. Pain in the butt, trying to use the internet. I can’t open the Lansing State Journal at all until after midnight when they restore my speed for a few hours. Funny, I can open the Detroit Free Press though and they are owned by the same corporation, and use the same format. Go figure.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the percussion ensemble concert. They are good!


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