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Mar
6
comment How many troops died on D-day?
The numbers seem a bit too specific; I doubt that they could have kept such immaculate records. Though they do acknowledge that the records probably weren't spot on, I wouldn't feel comfortable past the hundreds place of these figures (for personnel losses, not materiel losses).
Feb
3
comment When and where did socks become common?
Um...ok? The second sentence makes no sense.
Feb
3
comment How did New York become the financial hub of America?
@duffbeer703 Yeah, I remembered that after reading DVK's comment immediately following mine.
Feb
2
comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
It should also be added that there was a palace fire in the Forbidden City in the 1420s that the Chinese (at the time) saw as a sign from heaven that they should no longer send expeditions out into the world. In addition, the emperor at the time, Yongle, had difficulties conceiving a child/successor, and his eventual successor was against sending out exploratory fleets.
Feb
2
comment How did New York become the financial hub of America?
@Casebash Don't cite me on this, since I'm working from memory, but the South was disadvantaged in the early days of the US and was bound on the South by the Spanish, which at the time had tenuous relations, at best. In addition, the South had tropical diseases that Europeans (at the time) were not used to, such as malaria, that made it more difficult to conduct commerce (one of the reasons African slaves, who had built some resistance to subtropical diseases, were so prized).
Oct
15
comment Is there any documentation regarding the use of war elephants in battles?
Damn, I was thinking of Hannibal's army, too. Perhaps the Mughal empire?