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Tooth For a Tooth?

Peter the Great, a keen amateur dentist, often assisted surgeons and dentists in their operations. One morning a valets appealed to Peter to help his wife. She was suffering from a severe toothache, he explained, but refused to have the offending tooth pulled and pretended to be in no pain when offered dental care.

Peter collected his dental instruments and followed the valet to his apartments, where, ignoring the cries and protests of the struggling woman, he successfully extracted the troublesome tooth.

Only later did the czar discover that the poor woman had in fact never had a toothache at all: the painful extraction had been her husband's idea of revenge for a domestic quarrel!

[In the 18th century, many elegant gentlemen wore "plumpers" (cork pads) in their cheeks to disguise the hollows left by rotten teeth.]

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