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Oct
12
awarded  Yearling
Jun
10
comment Did people have better nutrition before agriculture?
Re teeth: big reason why eating grain-based foods was so bad for the teeth in ancient times was that the grains were ground with stones, and the flour contained lots of, effectively, sand which damaged the teeth terribly over longer time. (Source: old Scientific American article)
Dec
15
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
@FelixGoldberg They needed armour, doors opening to the front so that the soldiers could immediately run out of the boat and stability in shore water.
Nov
13
answered What factors contributed to the U.S economy flourishing during the early cold war period?
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
I'm not sure if the US has the only blue water navy in the world. Both France and the UK can project naval power across the globe, although at much smaller scale. The UK did it during the Falkland War, for example. See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Oct
25
comment Why did Hitler declare war on the USA?
Lend-lease was not an act of war.
Oct
12
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
comment Does the number of legs in the air of a horse statue indicate how its rider died?
@Sardathrion But that kills the humour.
Oct
1
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
Another person warning against following the original plan of attack was Polish general Sosabowski.
Aug
23
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
2
answered Book on history of international trade
Jul
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
24
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
Republic of Turkey is the successor of the Ottoman Empire.
Jul
24
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK Coming back to the topic: why do you think that Afghans need US help to develop their gold resources? Gold is not going to disappear from Aghanistan if it is excavated later, by their own mining companies once they are developed.
Jul
24
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK "A few of my best friends are Jews"
Jul
24
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
@mgb True, but undoubtedly the class differences also played a role.
Jul
24
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK What is certain is that the opium trade surged after the Americans arrived: online.wsj.com/article/…
Jul
24
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK "Note that they didn't steal a working mine from poor natives." Of course it's not about the mine itself, but the gold mined therein. By taking over the resources they prevent the Afghan nation from mining it independently in the future. (Of course your racist assumption is that Afghans would never be able to do it by themselves, right?)
Jul
23
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK You wrote: "never mind that only an idiot would assume they intended to get any resources out of Vietnam or Afghanistan". Well, they did.
Jul
23
comment Why doesn't Russia maintain significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@DVK It is not true that the US did not at least try to extract resources from Afghanistan. American companies (JP Morgan, backed by Pentagon) were looking for gold there, for example: management.fortune.cnn.com/2011/05/11/…