Ice Cream Killjoys

King Charles I was not what you would call a sharer.

Most leaders can only hope to achieve popular support from their country’s populace. If you want to retain your position, it’s a good idea to keep the people happy. So it is a bit dumbfounding when leaders act contrary to this principle.

Take King Charles I of England. He was quite the stingy, self-indulgent blockhead. As the story goes, King Charles’ chef came up with a new dessert. It looked like snow but was sweet and creamy (sounds like ice cream to me). Well, ol’ King Charles absolutely loved it. He so enjoyed the new dessert that he swore the chef to secrecy and made him promise that this “frozen cream” was to be served only to Royals. Some years later, the citizens had the King beheaded. No doubt this fate could have been avoided if only he had opened a couple of ice cream parlors.

Mussolini's unagreeable disposition was quite possibly the result of not enough ice cream.

It’s bad enough to not share your ice cream, but it’s even worse to take it away from someone else. The Italian dictator Benito Mussolini did just that. During WW II, Dictator Wet Blanket banned the sale of ice cream in Italy because he thought it “too American.” This is a bit ironic since most credit Italy as the birthplace of ice cream. As Italy began to fall to the Allies, Mussolini commented that Italians were a “mediocre race of good-for-nothings only capable of singing and eating ice cream.” For the life of me, I can’t see why he fell out of favor. Mussolini met a similar fate as King Charles I.

So, if you’re a world leader, or any type of public figure, it’s a good idea to make no law prohibiting the free exercise of, or hindering in any way, our enjoyment of ice cream…to paraphrase our founding fathers.

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