Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
"the skulls of their enemies, not indeed of all, but of those whom they most detest, they treat as follows. having sawn off the portion below the eyebrows, and cleaned out the inside, they cover the outside with leather. when a man is poor, this is all that he does; but if he is rich, he also lines the inside with gold: in either case the skull is used as a drinking-cup. they do the same with the skulls of their own kith and kin if they have been at feud with them, and have vanquished them in the presence of the king. when strangers whom they deem of any account come to visit them, these skulls are handed round, and the host tells how that these were his relations who made war upon him, and how that he got the better of them; all this being looked upon as proof of bravery." - herodotus
don't wait for those special guests to feel good about your bravery...