Several of Aristotle’s writings have survived only by a fortunate chance. Around 80 B.C., the men of a Roman army invading Asia Minor found a number of manuscripts of Aristotle’s works in a pit and brought them to their general, Sulla. It turned out that no other copies of many of them existed, and Sulla had them taken to Rome and recopied
Being late If someone farts or belches, or misses the appointed time and does not appear in the Fechtschule, shall – if it is by his fault – pay one Fribourg shilling. The money shall be laid in a box and be consumed by the pupils.
—'Fencing Ordinance of the Swiss town of Solothurn', 23rd July, 1546, trans Jurg Gassman, http://www.hroarr.com/fechtordnung-of-the-city-of-solothurn/
A few days away from the internet and work was good for me, but it hasn’t been an easy, laid back time. Today wasn’t enjoyable, and I did a stupid commute just to get some good historical fencing in.