The Mongol Empire existed during the 13th and 14th centuries, and was the largest contiguous land empire in human history.
The Chinese bureaucracy has been far-reaching for millenia. The “Dunhuang Bureau of Etiquette” in the 800s insisted that local officials use the above template to apologize to their hosts after a night of inappropriate drunken behavior. The official would copy the template, insert the hosts’ names, sign it, and deliver it “with head bowed.” The letter was discovered, alongside thousands of other documents, in a sealed cave library in western China.
"Yesterday, having drunk too much, I was intoxicated as to pass all bounds; but none of the rude and coarse language I used was uttered in a conscious state. The next morning, after hearing others speak on the subject, I realised what had happened, whereupon I was overwhelmed with confusion and ready to sink into the earth with shame."
Bring back good manners!
If you release 29,000 rubber duckies into the ocean, where do they end up? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly_Floatees - Our cool world.
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- Line from a jimmy song,... Just sayin'!!!!
- (People instead of children)
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