Your RDA of Irony

CSI Bavaria?

Everyone knows of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. But he was a paragon of sanity compared to his younger brother and successor Otto.  Otto actually thought that he was a dog.  He was not given the chance to build extravagant kennels or to commission Dickie Wagner to compose six hours of barking. A regency was immediately established and Otto was just locked away.   A series of cousins actually ruled Bavaria.

And was Ludwig really insane? He was spending Bavaria into bankruptcy, but that is a royal prerogative. Ludwig’s only real manifestations of insanity were his fondness for Wagner and his public dislike of Bismarck. The latter could be regarded as a death wish and–on this day in 1886— Ludwig did drown under mysterious circumstances.

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