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Oct
4
comment Which arm was the shield held in?
@T.E.D. the spiral stairs in castles curled up clockwise so that right handed defenders (coming down) have an advantage over right handed attackers (going up). So a left handed attacker would have an advantage
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
@T.E.D. - But only one intern - I don't think that qualifies him to even be a local councilor in Italy
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
I think since he denied having an affair he probably fails some French presidential law on gross moral turpitude - or at least gross discourtesy to a women.
Sep
24
comment What surface area per person is required for hunter-gatherers?
persquaremile.com/2011/08/05/…
Sep
21
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Sep
18
comment Why is Spain's base timezone UTC+1?
Although Franco's Spain wasn't an official ally of Nazi Germany they were BFFs
Sep
15
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
@Anixx - as a possible experiment - go into a bar in London, find someone with lively cheerful clothes like a football strip and tell them they look gay.
Aug
26
comment Why did Mozambique join the British Commonwealth?
Especially strange when you consider the huge political influence that Mozambique otherwise had on the world stage
Aug
22
comment In which situation is the broadside more preferable than every gun firing on their own time?
Probably safer and overall more efficent on a noisy chaotic gun deck with cannon recoiling and powder monkeys running around to have everything happening in sync
Aug
21
comment What was normal attire for Hindu kings in the 15th century?
Remember to a medieval european, 'almost naked' might just mean not arrayed in the same finery a C13 King or Pope would be! Perhaps a simple robe?
Aug
19
comment Why was Khomeini in France? Who allowed him to leave and why?
@choster politicians act in their own interest. If something appeals to the voters and party then you do it - if it happens to align with the nation's interests that's a bonus! Hadn't realised the shah looked doomed in advance, that would certainly be a good time to position elf to replace BP and the American oil companies in the new regime. A imagine lot of Elf executives were heading to Libya recently!
Aug
19
comment Why was Khomeini in France? Who allowed him to leave and why?
Was the French giving him asylum purely to annoy the UK/USA who backed the Shah, or did they have other reasons?
Aug
16
comment Has any foreign embassy ever been entered without permission?
And en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Embassy_siege, the UK govt decided that since the criminals weren't Iranians it was a simple crime and they could act. The Iranian govt already claimed it was all a UK/USA trick so diplomatic relations didn't really matter.
Aug
11
comment What is the origin of the American stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence?
Ironically the same C20th circumstances gave the opposite stereotype in Britain. Poland was the brave little country that fought the Nazis and then the USSR. When a British far-right party used an image of a Spitfire in a campaign and it turned out to actually be a Free Polish Airforce ace, they lost all their support by implying that attacking the role of Poland in WWII was in any way "British".
Aug
7
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Aug
7
revised What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
fixed tag
Aug
6
revised Robert Hookes Diary - Why would he have bought and drunk Vomit?
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Aug
6
comment Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union?
I'm sure the staff colleges of the west are full of analysis on the topic, but I don't think a low intensity little war had a big effect on the USSR.
Aug
6
answered Robert Hookes Diary - Why would he have bought and drunk Vomit?
Aug
6
comment Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union?
What makes you think it was a reason ?