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comment How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
@SteveBird: So you're saying the real problem is that his peers couldn't crack the Da Vinci Code? ;)
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asked How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
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comment Where does the concept of traffic keeping to the “right” side of the street originate?
So the English have been driving on the left since the days of the Roman Empire? :P
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asked Where does the concept of traffic keeping to the “right” side of the street originate?
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accepted What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
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comment What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
I can't help but cringe a little at the thought of wearing shoes made from woven strips of bark. That just sounds like a really good way to get lots of splinters in your feet! x.x
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asked What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
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comment What were tally sticks?
Used by the England from the 13th to the 19th century? Perhaps, but that's seriously understating them; tally sticks have been used to represent formal contracts since Old Testament times!
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comment How common are major cities not built by abundant water?
@SJuan76: As I wrote in a comment below, "even if you can't drink seawater, living on the coast generally brings abundant rainfall and a high water table, meaning you can get all the water your civilization needs from wells."
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comment Were Shakespeare's plays written for “high culture” or “entertain the bawdy masses” during his time?
Indeed, I've heard that Shakespeare's plays are full of vulgarity and references to sex, which would back up this idea. Heard? Have you actually read/performed in/attended any of them? That stuff's right out there for everyone to see, and some of it's even in language that we can still understand today, such as the infamous interlude in Macbeth about alcohol and its effects on male sexuality.
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comment Why did Native Americans die from European diseases while Europeans didn't catch serious diseases from the New World?
@Epiphany: And those "preventative measures" are a form of handling disease, on a societal scale if not a personal one.
Feb
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Feb
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comment Why didn't Native (North) Americans ever advance their civilization?
The odd thing is, the land bridge migration origin violates everything we know about migratory population dynamics. Large population centers and high culture exist most strongly at the point of origin, and gets lower the further you travel into the frontier. (Think of the European colonization of North America, back when there was still a frontier. The further east you went, the more civilized things became.) That's always been the way of things... but that would place the proto-Native American immigrants' point of origin in Central America, not Alaska. What gives?
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