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In another life, Grumpy Cat was a Belgian gunner.

An old Ypres chronicle teaches us that on 13 March 1678 the city of Ypres was under siege of the French led by Louis XIV. He took his quarters in the inn ‘Het Wieltje’ north of Ypres. An Ypres citizen, a certain Nikolaas Hoedt, was a constable at the service of the Spanish troops that defended the city and fired a canon ball in the direction of ‘Het Wieltje’ where the French king was staying. The bullet not only hit the ceiling where the king slept, but also 18 men of his personal guard. When the French entered the city a few days later, Nicolas was requested to enrol in the French army by Louis XIV. Nikolaas Hoedt answered he only served one god and one king…