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Apr
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comment How did shells, bones, and other trinkets work as currency?
@SamuelRussell - no. There's always someone who will need grain and thus buy it. Grain has bartering value in itself. Nobody "needs" shells or bones (or paper money).
Apr
3
comment Are there any good sources on the history of the name for Kazakhstan?
@NewAlexandria - this isn't really related to Russian language at all. it has deep and complicated historical origins
Apr
2
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
@RISwampYankee - that doesn't sound like "starting a war" - it was a conclusion of Vietnam War
Apr
2
comment Has any US President served in a government position with a foreign nation before or after their presidency?
Benjamin Franklin?
Apr
2
comment Ethnic Germans in Russian service in Poland
Fixed your (Google's) translation
Apr
2
comment Were there biological weapons used in WW1?
@jwenting - I fail to see how that doesn't fit into Wiki definition.
Apr
1
comment How “religious” was the average person in the Middle Ages?
Given that average Joe was all to happy to kill off witches for "consorting with the devil" and/or kill the Jews for "killing our Christ", I'd say pretty religious.
Apr
1
comment Was Ley ever married to Rudolf Hess's sister?
@FelixGoldberg - "Wer Jude ist, bestimme ich" ("I decide who is a Jew"). - Hermann Göring
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Anixx - with all due respect, I have more confidence in someone like Bonner's info than someone willing to take Stalin at his word.
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Drobyshev was likely a typo. See discussion here
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@DarekWędrychowski - this makes perfect sense. In 1941-42, Stalin basically sent 100% possible warm bodies to the front, to plug the holes. Even those who had no place fighting. I was just reading an interview with Elain Bonner (Andrey Sakharov's widow) on the topic earlier today when researching this question.
Apr
1
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Drux - Laskov was chief of Engineering forces and R&D of Israeli Defense Forces. For most armies, that'd be REMF, with no serious harm chance... but being IDF, who knows.
Mar
31
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
@Drux - the more hypocritical thing is emigrating from USSR to USA and being a Marxist. (for that matter, any Marxist who hasn't tried to live in a country founded on Marxism).
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Do you include people who weren't in battle but served on active duty (e.g. engineers)? David Laskov was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest active duty soldier (he died while on active duty, at 86).
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
@Anixx - David was what, 15? :) Most of those mythical heroes were fairly young.
Mar
31
comment Military tactics specifically aimed against cavalry horses
Alexei Meelissino's russian Wiki says he was killed from 3 bullet wounds (so neither bayonettes nor cannonball). Source: «Словарь русских генералов, участников боевых действий против армии Наполеона Бонапарта в 1812-1815 гг.» // Российский архив. Т.VII – М.: студия «ТРИТЭ» Н.Михалкова, 1996, с.471.
Mar
31
comment Who was the oldest recorded participant in a battle whom we know of?
Do you include irregulars (partisans, militia etc..)?
Mar
31
comment What was Gen. Buford's ultimate objective at the Battle of Gettysburg?
@T.E.D. = On SFF.SE I saw people downvoting every question unless you present a great case for why you are asking to "solve a practical problem". I shall leave it to you as to judge the wisdom of such a pattern on "Science Fiction and Fantasy" site >:) . Incidentally, +1. I can't believe we have so few Civil War questions.
Mar
31
comment Wasn't it a tactical mistake for Saladin to send fruits and water to Richard I when ill?
Did that actually happen (e.g. was there a subsequent example of enemies surrendering when they would have otherwise fought)?
Mar
31
comment Were there biological weapons used in WW1?
@LouisRhys - i'm fine with Wiki definition: "Biological warfare (BW) — also known as germ warfare — is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with intent to kill or incapacitate humans, animals or plants as an act of war. Biological weapons (often termed "bio-weapons", "biological threat agents", or "bio-agents") are living organisms or replicating entities (viruses) that reproduce or replicate within their host victims. Entomological (insect) warfare is also considered a type of Biological Weapon."