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Weird Fact I Read Today...


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Today, I read the following interesting fact, which got me thinking…

In ancient Rome, long before the advent of the Christian Bible, Romans would swear to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” by placing their right hands on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the term “testimony”.

I could not help thinking:

1. Could women provide testimony in Ancient Roman Courts?

2. If women could provide testimony, did they have to bring a man along with them, so they had some nads on which to place their right hand; in order to swear-in?

3. If you are a witness who is swearing on your testes, what does that mean will be later done to you if the authorities later found out you lied?!?

(I think I prefer the modern system!)

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Are you sure it's an urban legend, Ahess? Based on what you posted, it all sounds consistent with it being the truth. (The testes bearing witness, etc...) Also, the Bathroom Reader, while hardly an encyclopaedia, usually gets stuff right.

Todd, I do own a couple Bathroom Readers, but apparently not that edition....

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