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Napoleon’s Hat For Sale July 24, 2016

Posted by anagasto in history.
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napoleons-hat

Napoleon’s famous summer hat was for sale at an antiques dealer. A man walked into the shop and asked the price.

The shopkeeper said it was  £ 1,000 .

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napoleons famous hat

Instead of haggling, the customer pulled out his wallet and said: “Here is the money, but I can’t take that hat with me right now. I´ll come back for it in an hour or two.”
The customer put the money down on the counter and  left.

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napoleons-winter hat

After a while another customer came in and wanted to buy the same hat.
The shopkeeper said that it was not for sale anymore, but the customer insisted with an offer of £ 4,000 saying:

“I am a professor of European history, and I  collect old hats. I would pay a fortune for this one. Please try and buy it back for me.”
So, when the first customer returned, the shopkeeper offered him £ 2,500.
The customer accepted, took the money and left.

The story ends here. The second customer did not come back……………………. What had happened?

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two crooks

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Postscript:

Napoleon camping in an Orthodox church

Here he is camping at a Russian Orthodox  church.
There is his bed in the background, and scattered on the floor you can see the letters he received from Paris, all with bad news.
And he had to pull out at a loss of about 300 000 men.
Yet he is often mentioned as history’s greatest general.

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