ARTIFACT: Beer stein bearing the motto of the House of Hapless-burg, a minor royal family of herdsmen famous throughout Europe during the Middle Ages for its black sheep. In the 20th century, the family fled debts and warrants in Germany to settle in Ouisconsin, where its philosophy of gemütlichkeit (“Don’t blame me, I’m drunk”) became the guiding principle of the state legislature.

Notes on Drawer Eight

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