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Why click on a throat, inviting to drink?

Click on a throat - gesture well-known. To them invite to drink, it is equal as just designate any drinkable process and all related joyful and sad events. Gesture is so widespread that it seems international. But is not present though its history and is connected with the foreigners building the well-known Peter and Paul Cathedral, roots at gesture primordially Russian.

Peter and Paul Cathedral - well-known a child of Peter I who enjoined build an unprecedented symbol of the new capital on coast of Neva. For centuries the cathedral was the highest building of St. Petersburg which modern remakes - business - a tower “the Leader the Tower“ and prestigious “izba“ for new Russians under a big name “Prince Alexander Nevsky“ could surpass only in 2012.

The temple put in 1703 was under construction 30 years. Finally the works directed by Italian Domenico Trezzini came to the end after Petr`s death. One of the most difficult construction operations - construction of a spike - was charged to Dutch Harman van Bolos.

Van Bolos was known in the Russian capital and the skilled, though relatively young master. Before entrusted it a construction of a spike of Peter and Paul Cathedral, the Dutch laid a hand to spikes of Isaakiyevsky church and the Admiralty, and also built several bridges through Neva.

However announce 40 - a meter spike moreover with 3 - a meter angel from above - business difficult. Something at the overseas master went not so. The problem turned out so serious that even reported on Pyotr on it.

The solution of a complex technical challenge was prompted by the unknown Russian workman whose name got lost somewhere in the depth of centuries. And from where it to remember. Workmen and serfs were driven on buildings of the capital from all Russia without account, without asking either names, or surnames.

The tsar, having learned about the workman, wished it to contemplate and award personally, having granted the handyman an award on a rank as the legend - a bag of money says.

However what is a bag of money for the Russian soul behind which never more three-copecks piece was found? Having thought, the workman refused money, having asked in exchange the trifle, an award as a hobby of the dimensionless. The workman of the highest command that to it till the end of life in all Russian taverns and taverns without measure poured vodka according to the first requirement asked.

The tsar is not sorry. Pyotr burst out laughing, ordered - the decree on a stamped paper with the press imperial according to Hoyle was brought this hour. But it appeared, and the document is not necessary to the handyman!

“I, - the master says, - I will not preserve this paper, I will lose. How then I will prove to innkeepers the truth? Set the seal here!“ And the collar of a shirt tears and holds up a neck.

Set to the workman the seal to a neck, and he began to hazhivat on pubs, it is proud showing sexual and to drinking companions the sign of imperial favor.

The glory about Petrova an award and the resourceful workman scattered across St. Petersburg, and behind it - across all Russia. And the known gesture entered the Russian use. Shchyolk on a neck, in that place where the print of the imperial press at the workman flaunted - and all is clear without words: went, we will accept on a breast...

Today nobody will remember, the truth the legend or fiction all this history says, but gesture is hardy, endured the workman and us, perhaps, will endure all.

On health! Do not go too far only...