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Dueling with wax bullets was a fun and safe way to defend one's honor

In the first decade of the 20th century, the age-old custom of pistol dueling was briefly resurrected as a non-lethal sport, even making it into the 1908 Olympics as a side event.

To accurately simulate the conditions of a duel, opponents would use real dueling pistols and gunpowder. The bullets, however, were wax.

Duelists were dressed like fencers in heavy canvas clothes with wire-and-glass face masks, their pistols augmented with metal hand guards.

Even with those precautions, the occasional injury was to be expected.

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