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Oct
27
comment Did the date of 9/11 have significance, or was it chosen randomly?
@Clockwork-Muse: Was it the Battle of Vienna? Christopher Hitchens has advanced that idea.
Oct
27
awarded  Civic Duty
Sep
24
comment Why was health insurance not included in the Social Security Act of 1935?
@TylerDurden: It did, but it was much more limited in coverage than today. The idea of health insurance being the primary means of health care financing only took off during WW2, due to a loophole in wage-control laws.
Aug
23
asked Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
Aug
23
comment Was the location of the 180° line of longitude coincidence or deliberately chosen?
France refused to recognize the Greenwich meridian for decades. And when they finally adopted GMT in 1911, the legislation described France's new timezone as "Paris Mean Time minus 9 minutes and 21 seconds" rather than GMT.
Jul
21
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
Roman numerals are used for centuries in Spanish, too.
Jul
7
awarded  Teacher
Jul
7
answered Prisons and prison laws in Old Testament times?
Jun
19
comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
Churchill just planned for the expulsions to cover the exclave of East Prussia and some minor adjustments of the prewar border. Stalin insisted on moving the border as far west as possible.
Mar
28
comment Why didn't the Greeks or Romans have an Industrial Revolution?
@jwenting: But what if you couldn't afford to buy a mill and a dozen slaves?
Mar
27
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
Coke was sold in half-gallon (1.89 L) bottles in 1974. I think the jump from 2 quarts to 2 liters was simultaneous with that from glass to plastic.
Mar
27
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@mcv: Didn't the Catholic Church declare Monday as the first day of the week as a way of rationalizing changing their holy day from Saturday to Sunday?
Mar
20
awarded  Commentator
Mar
20
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@oakad: Pre-metric Germany had units called the Nösel (~pint) and Kanne (~quart). Of course, the exact sizes of these units varied from city to city.
Mar
19
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
A US liquid pint is 473 mL.
Mar
19
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
I've heard that the Dutch used MM-DD-YYYY order at the time they colonized New Amsterdam, but I've forgotten the reference.
Mar
19
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@DanNeely: It's weird that the half-liter bottles are primarily labelled as “16.9 oz” when the larger sizes (1 L, 2 L, and 3 L) are primarily labelled in liters.
Nov
16
comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
@PieterGeerkens: Pre-war Brandenburg included Neumark, which is now in Poland.
Oct
5
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
comment How did the Catholic Pope manage to become more powerful than Kings in old Europe?
The Pope is a king (of Vatican City). In the medieval era, the papal kingdom was much larger.