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Well, according to all sources I can find they issued free travel vouchers - in the form of "First Moon Flights" Club cards - that could be redeemed for a trip to the moon when the service started. Image source According to a Wired article on Virgin Galactic (as well as Wikipedia...) some 98,000 people placed reservations and one individual attempted to ...


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The "persisted for at least a few generations" and "conscious educated decision" requirements really nailed the coffin in this case. Especially that latter. It is not altogether uncommon to find organised states collapse; while the result might meet some definitions of anarchy, none of them really made a "conscious educated decision" to practice anarchism. ...


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While I wouldn't posit this as a successful example, the Mu'tazili in the 9th century makes for an interesting anarchist school of thought Patricia Crone: Ninth Century Muslim Anarchists, published in Past and Present (No. 167, May 2000) The Mu'tazilites offered a variety of arguments in favour of anarchism, but only one is quoted in full, that of the ...


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Never mind pre-Industrial Revolution. As late as 1910 and 1920 the most efficient way for most people in Toronto and Hamilton to get ice in the summer was for it to be harvested off of Hamilton Harbour (aka Burlington Bay) in the winter and stored in Niagara Escarpmnt cliffs. Canada in the early 20th century may not have been an industrial powerhouse ...


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Who's to say Goliath and Hercules weren't based on actual people? Goliath's description in the bible isn't even all that outlandish. Someone really large to an ancient Semite would probably still be dwarfed by your typical NBA center today. (Note - our earliest manuscripts give Goliath a size that would translate to about 6 foot 7 inches. Wikipedia says a ...


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Wikipedia has a video which shows pretty much every aspect. Firstly the ice was cut from mountains or frozen lakes. Then it was transported to it's destination. Obviously there is a risk of melting during transportation. So there was some sort of insulation like straw or the ice was kept cool by putting snow on it. At the destination there was a "Ice ...


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As far as I can remember, tyres were put on the bridge mostly as a protection against mortar shells which have small velocity. Tyres indeed help with low velocity shells and help absorb the explosions. However, tyres do not help (much) with high velocity artillery shells and tank shells fired from the sides like the ones that bring the bridge down.



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