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Mint rubbing (from Romanian "a freca menta") is a botanic art and an ecological science; also a life management technique practiced by millions of people since ancient times. Originally from Romania,Format:Dn this fascinating custom has revolutionized the lives of millions all over the world, becoming more popular than smoking with hands in your pockets, kicking pebbles, rubbing against a tree, chasing stray dogs or bloating frogs through reed pipes.
Mintrubbing has been going around in a variety of names, hence going inconspicuously through the ages, unrecognized as such. One of its best-known descriptions has been provided in the 15th century by Pulica Brezadau, the servant of Stefan cel Mare, who in the intervals between two turk-killings, took shameless satisfaction indulging in the life style. The servant identified this activity with the one of cutting leaves for the dogs of chasing flies out of public gardens (see the renowned park of Cismigiu), which have been important public offices during the 17th century.
Since then it has become the main public activitate în tara Romania,Format:Dn being practiced especially by politicians, drug addicts and drunk bastards, who have acquired significant expertise. In 1995, the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association (RMRA) was established, providing training and certification for whomever might be concerned, with universal acclaim. Since then, it has become compulsory for public officers to graduate from the RMRA School of Botanic Arts, before holding any office whatsoever. That's why, when asked about mint rubbing, hundreds of millions of people instantly think about the Romanian Mint Rubbing Association.
In the spare time, between mintrubbings, Romanians sometimes perform the habit known as laba. Some say it helps release tension accumulated during mint rubbing. They also say that using mint previous to that particular activity can make a man feel truly cool and refreshed. But who the hell really knows?