Wednesday, 16 May 2012

"I am the Emperor and I will have dumplings!"

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"I am the Emperor and I will have dumplings!" (in German: Ich bin der Kaiser und ich will Kn√∂del). Emperor Francis I of Austria.

 One of the Emperor's very few firm decisions.

I am reminded of this when I go through my accounts with my accountant, who prefaces all her advice with 'Well, it is your company and you do what you like, but..'

According to A.J.P. Taylor, (The Habsburg Monarchy 1809–1918), he was in fact asking for noodles - "But it is an unacceptable pun in English for a noodle to ask for noodles"

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