A wine drinker saving the town? Yes, it happened once in Germany in 1631! During the Thirty Years War the Protestant town of Rothenburg was unable to resist the onslaugt of the Imperial Army commandeered by general Tilly, who was determined to raze the town as punishment for not conforming to the state religion. All pleas for mercy failed until the mayor, following the advice of his cup-bearer, offered a glass of the best local wine to the general. It worked like a miracle: Tilly was moved. He agreed to spare the town provided a well known person could drink in one shot a 6 pint mug of the wine. The former mayor, Nusch, performed the feat. The town was saved. On this occasion every year in Whit, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all citizens of Rothenburg perform what happened many years ago.