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Aug
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Aug
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comment How many lives were estimated to have been saved by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs?
I dunno about Truman's team's estimates at the time, but one figure to throw in: a significant fraction of the population of Korea, and to a lesser extent, its neighbors. The only reason we didn't use the A-bomb in the Korean war is because we did use it in Japan, and then afterwards had time to observe the long-term consequences.
Aug
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Aug
11
revised Why was there lack of food during WW2 in the UK?
prescribed = recommended. proscribed = forbidden; other minor change to make 6 characters
Aug
11
suggested approved edit on Why was there lack of food during WW2 in the UK?
Aug
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Aug
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Aug
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comment What did Richlieu mean by his “six lines” quote?
I'd never actually thought of the second interpretation, mostly because when people quote him on that the context is almost invariably something to do with government overreach and malicious prosecution. It just seems weird to me, like something a cartoon villain might say while twisting his mustache and bragging about how diabolical he is. But Cardinal Richlieu was a real person, not a cartoon villain, (yes, yes, I know... you know what I mean,) so I was wondering why he might say something like that.
Aug
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asked What did Richlieu mean by his “six lines” quote?
Jul
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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? ;)
Jul
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asked How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
Jul
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Jul
14
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
Jul
14
asked Where does the concept of traffic keeping to the “right” side of the street originate?
Jul
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Jul
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Jul
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Jul
11
accepted What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
Jul
10
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
Jul
10
asked What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?