Saint Ebba was the Mother Superior of a monastery in Scotland in 867 AD. When word reached her that the Vikings had landed, she told her nuns to get a razor and cut off their noses in the hope that disfigurement would protect their chastity. The Vikings were so disgusted by this act of self-mutilation; they burnt the monastery to the ground with the nuns inside.
This self-destructive overreaction to a problem gave birth to the...
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