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revised Context for this 1871 humorous map of Europe?
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asked Context for this 1871 humorous map of Europe?
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comment Did the pope try to suppress the number zero?
@TomAu That's incorrect, the was a concept of zero both in Ancient Egypt and in early Indian civilizations, long before the Arabs. The Romans and Greeks knew about it, and the Middle Ages Christian debates about whether zero represents the void and the "absence of God" originate in (Hellenistic) Greek philosophers. The Arab digits were indeed an Arab invention, however if the Popes had incentive to suppress one of the digits, then why not suppress all of them? 1,2,3 et al are no less Arab than 0 in that respect.
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comment Was there discrimination against Jewish people at the entrance exams to the most prestigious universities in the USSR?
@DVK I don't understand anything about how the USSR worked, indeed. That's because I don't know anything about how the USSR worked, and I'd like to learn, which is the only reason I visited this question. So, clarity is essential, and this question isn't really clear.
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comment Was there discrimination against Jewish people at the entrance exams to the most prestigious universities in the USSR?
How does the claim of discrimination in one department of one university becomes "the most prestigious universities in the USSR discriminated against Jewish applicants"? This is a horribly misleading question...
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answered How were years numbered on the Republican Calendar?
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revised Was there an assassination attempt against Xerxes in the battle of Thermopylae?
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accepted Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
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the link in the quote hurt my eyes, blue font on yellow background doesn't work that well.
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