I have a story about… sharp ties.
The first known use of the necktie traces back to Croatian mercenaries who wore them during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648). The Croatians impressed the Parisiennes, particularly Louie XIV, so much so that he made the necktie an insignia of royalty, and created a regime called the Royal Cravattes. That’s where we get the word cravat, which is derived from a la croate, or “like the Croatians.”
I happen to be Croatian. Ties are what we’re known for. Well, that and the most brilliant and maddest of mad scientists, the fountain pen, amazing soccer jerseys, and a few masacres.
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