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Nov
1
comment Why did people in some countries start to drive on the right?
I'm unclear as to your confusion, you link in to Wikipedia which has 100+ references at the bottom of the article. have you looked through those to see if you answer is in there?
Oct
31
comment How common are major cities not built by abundant water?
I seem to recall some documentaries referring to Jerusalem and natural springs long ago, so while they may not have had abundant water they did have a source at the time. I'll have to look and see if I can find some references to those shows though.
Oct
30
comment Has the accounting services industry ever been disrupted?
Seems more like you could look at the textiles market, if you think of industrialization removing the process of creating linens and other textiles from the "cottage manufacturers" its similar to a disruption you describe.
Oct
29
comment Gengkhis Khan armor secret
I'd heard this a long time ago, it's good to see this confirmed again. The ease of removing arrows with silk was something I've seen mentioned again and again in regards to many Asian warrior cultures.
Oct
29
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
@Drux that is correct, the Japanese have the same superstition for 4 and 7, they have two pronunciations one that is close to Shi (death) and one that is different to avoid the superstition
Oct
29
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
adding note about incomplete numbers
Oct
26
asked Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?
Oct
26
comment Since the 20th century, how many diplomats from all countries have been killed during peace time?
Do you mean accidental deaths as well or would you be looking at assassinations? In terms of causes of death you are either left with natural causes, murder (ie assassination if its politically motivated) or accidents. I get the question but not sure what scope you are looking for in an answer.
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
@ihtkwot Yes, very much so although and I like the link to the defintion, very nice. If its capabilities that you are noting at the beginning of the answer rather than saying "the only" maybe "most capable" , but otherwise its a great answer.
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
I love the answer, its completeness is great, but I don't get what you mean by blue water navy. Like quaint_dev notes the UK has a navy, and a long history of naval power, so are they still a blue water navy or is there a distinction there?
Oct
25
comment Was the US Navy larger in 1917, and if so, why?
Current form is good, and its not that far off from many of the usual comparison questions we have had for the military and other areas of historical comparison
Oct
24
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
@T.E.D. I disagree, if he had been able to build up his support he could have actually made enough progress to pull in electoral votes in some states and he did try with whatever party he built at the time but there was not enough disaffection with the other two parties to carry this. The Tea Party shows it could be done if outside of the framework of either the R or D. I'll let it go at that.
Oct
24
comment How widespread was practice of fusion of Graeco-Roman and barbarian names?
Along this line many Chinese come to America and take English names as the Chinese names are not pronounced phonetically correct, so to make it easier they change their name to something "local"
Oct
24
comment What were the reasons for making Prohibition a constitutional amendment?
And it just occurred to me that this would be considered, today, by some, a creep of Federal Power over States Rights. Unless they supported it, then the argument would never come up
Oct
24
comment In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
If Ross Perot had actually run within a party he could have changed that
Oct
23
answered In the United States government, has there been cases that electoral colleges don't vote for the candidate the majority of their state voted for?
Oct
22
comment US: Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
I always found it amusing that "states rights" used to be a rallying cry for the slave states prior to the Civil War. But your assertion is correct in my understanding of the parties, this shift was evolutionary and not the work of one person at one specific instance of time.
Oct
21
comment Microsocial behaviour 500 years ago in western societies
I would suspect that regardless of how you dress or talk social norms outside of ones own culture will always be different.
Oct
20
comment Was the Granny Smith Apple the first green skinned apple widely propagated?
I'd keep this open, and argue for it as from a historical perspective since we have many similar questions like this, but then Granny Smith's are my favorite apple
Oct
19
revised To what extent was China unified?
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