The Swedish king Gustav III, who ruled the country in the 18th century, was deeply convinced that tea and coffee do great harm to the human body. To preserve the health of his subjects, the monarch has repeatedly passed laws restricting the use of these drinks in the country.
In 1746, a decree was issued, according to which tea and coffee lovers had to pay large taxes to the treasury. A little later, coffee was banned completely, but illegal use continued.
Then the angry monarch decided to convince the stubborn lovers of the forbidden drink that he was right by a good example. For the experiment, two twin brothers were selected who were sentenced to death for serious crimes.
The execution was commuted to life imprisonment, while one of the convicts had to drink a large amount of coffee every day, and the other sentenced to the same amount of tea for the rest of his life. These were the conditions for the "cruel" experiment.
To monitor the state of health of the criminals, two doctors were appointed, who were supposed to regularly report to the king on the results of the experiment.
Years passed, but there were no reports that the unfortunates died in terrible agony. Without waiting for the end of the experiment, one of the doctors died, a few years later the second was gone.
Monarch Gustav III himself was assassinated on March 16, 1792 at the Swedish Royal Opera. The king fell victim to a conspiracy.
Meanwhile, sentenced to painful death, the twin brothers continued to consume "dangerous" drinks, while remaining alive. The first of them, who drank tea, died at the age of 83, the second a few years later. They survived both the ruler of the country, Gustav III, and medical pundits.
Despite the fact that the experiment failed, the ban on drinking coffee in Sweden lasted until the 20s of the XIX century. At the same time, the inhabitants of the country continued to use this drink illegally.
The ban was finally lifted in 1822. Sweden is currently in the top ten countries for coffee consumption per capita.