Re At the students Dueling-Ground

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Jan 26 2000 - 11:26:52 MST

From: Amara Graps <>

>I believe that dueling still occurs in some European places, in
>particular, someplace in Heidelberg, (but I haven't located it,
>yet). It's called mensur fencing. One of the friends of my
>colleague proudly wears the scar across his cheek that he acquired
>in his duel here. (These folks put salt in their cheek wound to
>make sure that the scar is noticeable when the wound heals.) The
>wearing of the scar is some kind of sign of honor (frankly, I
>don't get it).

I always thought this was part of the University of Heidelberg, or
Konigsberg, Heinlein mentions it in "Starship Troopers" I believe.

I always remember Tycho Brahe and his golden nose, supposedly lost
in a student duel over who was the greater mathematician......


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