This is coolbert:
Came across this quite by accident. Very interesting.
Devoted readers will recall that I have posted to the blog a number of entries dealing with the military imposter/poseur'/wannabee war hero.
It seems that the phenomenon of the military imposter/poseur'/wannabee war hero was present even in ANCIENT TIMES!!??
Consider this: [thanks to Nick B.; RT HABU, through "Tilt"]
"You know the ancient Danes had a group called the House Thralls, those who guarded the King and the JKingdom [Jute Kingdom?]. To falsely claim to be a Thrall was adjudged to be a sin that required having ones tongue cut out and face branded with the rune of Loki. that of the Liar and Trickster, then banished from the land. Any who gave succor to he with this mark were adjudged as guilty also."
–noun 1. help; relief; aid; assistance.
2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc.
–verb (used with object) 3. to help or relieve."
NOW, let me tell you about the time I was on a secret mission in the Philippines for Uncle Sam. Had to fight off stinging wasps the size of helicopters with a chain saw, all the while being assailed by natives firing blowgun darts at me. And at the same time crossing a 1,000 foot chasm via an expedient rope bridge. I would tell you more, but it is strictly TOP SECRET!
Please, NO tongue cutting!!