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GETCHER TICKETS HERE! ONLY $400! C'MON! I GOT TICKETS! ONLY....Oh...Hi officer. *ahem* As I was saying....TICKETS...ONLY $30!

I have never bought tickets off someone for more than their face value. Why? Because I've never bought a ticket from TicketMaster!


Hahahaha......Ohh....I crack myself up, sometimes....

I actually have wishy washy thoughts on the subject. On one hand, I despise the practice, and on the other, I have something sticky....hmm....what is it? *taste* Oooohh! Caramel! Uh...I mean, on the other hand, I don't see anything wrong with it.

Let me explain.

If someone, like a ticket broker, buys up all the good seats to a concert or sporting event for the sole purpose of reselling them, and then sells them for exorbitant prices, I don't agree with it. They are buying up all the good seats for the sole purpose of charging more for them. That is wrong.


But then, if someone buys a ticket, but ends up not being able to go to the event, they should be able to sell the ticket. And if someone is willing to pay more than face value, I don't have a problem with that.

Some may say it's a hypocritical stance, but the difference is, the single person selling one ticket isn't affecting the cost of all the other tickets. Also, they aren't buying up the bulk of the tickets, forcing people to pay more.


Someone like a ticket broker buys up all the tickets they can so they can raise the prices. Sure, people don't have to pay, but if they want to go to the event, they do. It's like someone going into the only grocery store in town and buying all the milk then offering it for sale at double the price. People don't need milk, unless they want a bowl of Sugar Frosted Chocolate bombs, or mac and cheese.

And that's todays rant that has nothing to do with the subject of todays post. Except it does. Kind of. But in name only.


Selling tickets for more than face value is called scalping. And, there's something else called scalping. And that is the subject of todays post.

Before I start, I just want to say, you're welcome. When I was looking for the picture to post at the beginning of the post, I Googled "scalping". Lesson learned. Add the word 'tickets' to the end of scalping unless you want graphic pictures. They're out there. And, while some of them were stills from movies, there were some real victims.


Scalping is the act of using a sharp instrument to remove the flesh, including the hair, from the top of a persons head. But, everyone knows that. We've all seen cowboy movies. It's common knowledge that, (pardon the political incorrectness, but I'm going to use the vernacular I grew up with in the 70's for dramatic effect), indians scalped the white man after killing them. It was a trophy.

Too bad all those tv shows and movies got it wrong.

Oh, scalping was real. It still is, in fact. Where Hollywood got it wrong was in their portrayal of it.


They showed it as being something the indians used against the settlers to prove their prowess as warriors.

The truth is, the indians most likely scalped white folks out of revenge.

Scalping, contrary to popular belief, didn't start with the indians. Not by a long shot.


The first accounts of scalpings come from Greek history. The historian Herodotus wrote of a nomadic people who roamed in eastern Eurasia called the Scythian's. He described them like this in his History Vol. 4 in 440 BCE:

The Scythian soldier scrapes the scalp clean of flesh and softening it by rubbing between their hands, uses it thenceforth as a napkin. The Scyth is proud of these scalps and hangs them from his bridle rein; the greater the number of such napkins that a man can show, the more highly is he esteemed among them. Many make themselves cloaks by sewing a quantity of these scalps together.


The Scythian people had already been roaming for 700 years by the time Herodotus wrote his Histories. So they had been doing it for quite a while by the time it was recorded for posterity.

For the Scythians, the practice migrated westward to the Alans, then the Visigoths, and finally, to most European countries, including the Anglo-Saxons, by the 9th century CE.


It was used in many wars as a way to demonstrate what would be done if the enemy captured you.

Oh....did I forget to mention that historically, scalping was done to live people? Anyone could scalp a body. It took a great warrior to scalp a live person. Plus, men were more afraid of being scaled alive than after they were dead.


When the vikings first came to the new world, landing in Newfoundland, they encountered the natives. They also fought with the natives. And there is no record of any viking ever getting scalped.

That's because the natives had no idea what scalping was. The vikings did, though. There is no evidence of scalping in North America until after the vikings arrived.


And it's certain the indians learned the lesson. However, they didn't learn the finer art of scalping. Why, they mostly scalped dead people. They had no idea they were doing it wrong.

The first recorded evidence of scalping in the Americas is from a mass burial dating to 1325 CE. Of the 500 bodies found, 90% showed signs of being scalped.


But scalping was not common. Most North American tribes didn't start scalping victims until after the Europeans started settling in America and moving west. It was the settlers who did the scalping. And they taught most of the tribes they encountered how to do it.

The settlers did it to try and show the indians what would happen if they messed with them. They thought cruelty and maiming would tame the savages. But, no. All they did was teach the natives how to properly maim a corpse. And maim away they did.


So, while the indians were enthusiastic scalpers, they did not come up with it. They were taught how to do it by the same people that introduced fire water to them.

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