“Hippocleides doesn’t care.” ~ Herodotus
I’m guessing you don’t care either, but allow me to explain.
It started when a bunch of Greek guys were in competition to win the hand of some Greek girl whose father was a wealthy Greek guy who was kind of a controlling jerk. By the end of the competition for this Greek girl’s hand, only two of the Greek guys were left. One of them was this guy Hippocleides, and he was favored to win. He had it all: he came from money, he was gorgeous, smart, nice…I’m guessing he was funny too, but I wasn’t there.
The bachelorette’s wealthy dad liked him too. He threw a big dinner party to announce the winner—his choice for his daughters hand. Sadly, during this dinner Hippocleides drank too much. He was a happy drunk, but maybe too happy. He danced. He danced on the ground, he danced on tables, and finally he danced on his head kicking his legs— probably like break dancers have been doing since the 1980’s— Big daddy to be thought he was acting the fool.
If you don’t already know how they dressed back then, take a look at the illustration. With that image in mind, you can guess that dancing on his head was especially obnoxious to the his potential in-law, who came down hard: “You have just danced away your marriage!”
The response from Hippocleides was: “Hippocleides doesn’t care.”
The joke here is lost in translation because the word the chicks dad used for dance sounds very much like the word testicles.
Hippocleides may not have cared at the time, but I wonder if he cared the next day.
July 21, 2016, One Word Daily Prompt: Carefree~ <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/carefree/”>Carefree</a>