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Avempace walks on gold

The Muslim governor of Saragossa was so delighted by the poet Avempace's verses that he promised the young scholar that he would soon walk on gold in his presence. Avempace, fearful that the governor would regret his extravagant vow and seek retribution, hatched an ingenious solution: He simply sewed small pieces of gold into each of his shoes, thereby ensuring that the governor's oath could be kept at no expense to himself.

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