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The Ottoman Sultan called in his nobles
 
Dhampy  posted on Dec 31, 2009 3:50:37 PM - Report post

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The Ottoman Sultan called in his nobles. He laid out a giant circular rug on the ground and placed an apple at the center.

He asked his nobles if it was possible to pick up the apple without stepping on the rug.

His nobles conferred amongst themselves and decided that no, you could not pick up the apple without stepping on the rug.

The Sultan laughed.

He picked up the edge of the rug and began rolling it up. As he reached the apple, he picked it up and unrolled the rug.

Hence, the final plan for taking Constantinople was born.

Discuss.

 
Darkish  posted on Dec 31, 2009 4:54:23 PM - Report post

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This makes a lot of sense...
 
Bes  posted on Dec 31, 2009 6:36:05 PM - Report post

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Actually, it kind of does.
 
latios_power  posted on Dec 31, 2009 6:44:07 PM - Report post

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gotta love sultans
 
Dhampy  posted on Dec 31, 2009 6:57:29 PM - Report post

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If one massive, supreme, effort could capture the walls in one focused place, the Ottoman armies were numerous enough to overpower the defenders and roll up the wall and into the city.

Previously, the Ottomans had attempted highly orchestrated, coordinated assaults on multiple fronts--like the nobles discussing how to get the apple. This split their own efforts and allowed the superior armor and personal weaponry of the defenders to win in the breaches.

 
ArchDuke  posted on Dec 31, 2009 7:17:02 PM - Report post


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Fact is: They kept the city lol.
 
Dhampy  posted on Dec 31, 2009 7:41:50 PM - Report post

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The Ottomans took it with the mega-assault and still have it today...
 
AdmiralThrawn  posted on Jan 01, 2010 12:39:02 PM - Report post

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The Ottoman empire stopped existing 80 years ago.
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