One-Way Trichet?

(via IdleBanter August 2008):

Making his way toward Paris one day in 1524, the impecunious French humanist and writer Francois Rabelais found himself stranded at a country inn with no means to continue his journey, never mind to pay his bill.

He assembled three small packets - labeled "Poison for the King," "Poison for Monsieur," and "Poison for the Dauphin" - and left them wehere the innkeeper was sure to see them. When the man duly informed the police, Rabelais was promptly arrested and brought to Paris for questioning. The packets were soon examined and found to be empty, whereupon Rabelais explained his plight and was immediately released, having completed his trip at no expense.

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