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comment How did the Railway Engines get to the Rainhill Trials?
@SJuan76 sounds highly plausible. It's the way most large construction work is done after all. Manufacture components off site, then assemble them where needed. Heck, we do it even today with things like bucket excavators for mines as they're too large to be transported in one piece.
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comment How do historians decide who to refer to as 'the allies?'
@Semaphore true, but doesn't take away from the fact that what name's chosen after the fact is usually determined by the winner to make themselves look as positive as possible.
May
2
comment When is it okay to use the word “Indian” when meaning “Native American?”
given that anyone born in the Americas is a native American, the term as used to indicate Amerindians (and even worse, north American Amerindians) exclusively is factually incorrect, extremely misleading.
May
1
comment Authenticity of the Russian birch bark manuscripts
@Timofey it's of course quite possible some are fakes but not all...
Apr
30
comment How true to the originals are Che Guevara's published diaries?
And of course anything coming out of government printing houses in states like Cuba where freedom of expression is theoretical at best is bound to be written in such a way as to benefit the state...
Apr
29
comment What would be accurate illustrations of vikings and viking culture?
hornet helmets were largely ceremonial, not for general use in battle... Maybe helmets had studs as vestigial horns but large ones as depicted in those pictures are just impractical in combat and vikings were practical people.
Apr
25
comment The Purpose of Mystery Object 40.9.11
iow, nothing mysterious at all.
Apr
24
comment Why didn't the ancient Egyptians conquer an empire?
@Sam then define "empire"... What according to you is the definition of "empire". How large does it have to be. If you take the British Empire as the definition of what an empire is, no other empire ever existed for example. If you take the Holy Roman Empire of the middle ages as an example, the Egyptian empire at its peak was far larger.
Apr
23
comment What is 'real socialism'?
every communist claims he's a socialist and all the failed communist regimes weren't "real socialists" and that's why they failed... Who coined the phrase? Impossible to tell. Probably the second communist to excuse for the first communist who failed.
Apr
18
comment Did Ancient Roman insulae reach more than 10 storeys?
and worse, who says they'd even have kitchens? It wasn't unknown for cheap apartments to have no kitchen facilities, rather they'd eat in communal kitchens/restaurants.and of course bath in public bath houses. So no regular shopping trips to the supermarket, hauling back entire haunches of wild boar for Obelix and Asterix to gorge on.
Apr
18
comment Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
not just chivalry, but other things. E.g. I was told in school the Dutch flag has red for the blood shed in the revolution, white for devotion to God, and blue for the water of the rivers and sea. And similar symbolism supposedly exists in many countries' flags.
Apr
17
comment How did France balance the budget by 1738?
good way in an absolute monarchy to reduce the debt would be to kill the debtors and confiscate their property...
Apr
17
comment How did France balance the budget by 1738?
a balanced budget means a rough parity between income and expense, doesn't have to mean a decrease in debt :)
Apr
16
comment Are these images from Iran-Iraq war authentic?
@Lohoris the EQ variant of the Mirage 1 was designed and built exclusively for Iraq, never operated elsewhere (some may have been captured and sent to e.g. the US as museum pieces during Iraqi Freedom). I can't tell from this picture if the flag is photoshopped, it's possible but may also be a crude application in the field.
Apr
16
comment Why has SACEUR exclusively been an American officer?
as I understand it SACEUR is a US general officer because the US are the largest supplier of troops, and the job goes to the country with the largest military contribution. This is then offset with the civilian leadership going to the other countries.
Apr
16
comment What happened to sacrificed animals in ancient Greece?
@T.E.D. heard that as well. Quite likely, but impossible to prove of course, especially if it wasn't "official policy" and written down anywhere. And of course there's bound to be a lot of difference over time and space, different gods, etc.
Apr
12
comment Which culture first referenced bigfoot?
afaik the first references to bigfoot are from the mid-20th century. Certainly the first (invariable manufactured) "evidence" is from that era.
Apr
12
comment How was the current month and day disseminated to the townspeople of Medieval Europe?
@BenCrowell your comment clearly indicates you think they were too stupid to know what time of year it was because they were illiterate (which many were, but far from all).
Apr
12
comment Did Hitler, or any non USSR residents in the 30s-40s know about Stalin's purges?
much the same is opined in Edvard RadzInsky's "Stalin" (Doubleday, 1996).
Apr
12
comment Why would staff officers carry swords during combat, in World War II?
you may as well ask why Scottish regiments stormed the beaches of Normandy accompanied by bagpipes, the pipers wearing traditional kilts.