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Aug
2
revised What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
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Aug
2
answered What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
Jul
28
answered When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
Jul
17
comment Why are the police never responsible for guarding the Head of the State?
Outside the USA most police are national rather than local, and often the anti-terrorist/intelligence agencies are part of the police
Jun
25
comment What is the Macedonian naming dispute really about?
@Rory - and that isn't true of every other 'religous' dispute since Ogg the caveman argued about the sun god?
Jun
23
comment When was cannabis legalized in the Netherlands?
Most 'recreational' drugs were only banned in the moral outrage era of prohibition. In WWI heroin and cocaine could be bought freely in London
Jun
22
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@MoziburUllah - I think the picture is that the English civil war 'failed' since we got a king back. While the French revolution 'succeeded' in spite of them getting a succession of monarchs/emperors
Jun
20
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
Possibly fairer to say that the Finns were caught in the middle. Russia wanted the territory and there wasn't much else they could do.
Jun
20
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@quant_dev - or you could say the English civil war was the first revolution in europe. The resulting monarchy/parliament power balance even after the restoration was pretty stable
Jun
20
comment Is there any evidence that the catholic church reduced innovation during the middle ages?
Bruno was sentenced for his anti-church philosophy rather than cosmology and Galileo really fell foul of party politics. The others were mostly banned because they were in protestant countries after the reformation, rather like the US communist book banning in the 60s. By the 18C the church's power to really effect anything was declining.
Jun
20
revised Why did Britain not purchase Alaska when Russia had it up for sale?
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Jun
16
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Jun
2
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
Officially a constitutional monarchy and cabinet government, reality a president and murdoch = same as USA
May
24
comment What was the motivation for the Gregorian Calendar?
The protestant parts of the rest of europe didn't follow for a century - catholic countries adopted it straight away
May
23
comment What is the origin of the stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence?
@stevvve - Polish is pretty much a US thing, in the UK it's the Irish, in France the Belgians.
May
11
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
@MichaelF - If you are climbing up a 200ft tall mast to change sail, in a storm or under cannon fire - being "three sheets to the wind" is the last thing you want.
May
11
comment Did American Indians disrupt railroads in their regions?
@TED - originally the title was just Indians + Railways - which to a Brit means India. I changed it to Native Americans just to avoid confusion - I wasn't making a political point.
May
11
comment Did American Indians disrupt railroads in their regions?
@steven drennon - thanks I wasn't being overly PC, but using "Indians" and railways suggests an entirely different continent to the majority of English speakers in the world and "native-americans" was the existing tag
May
10
revised Did Native Americans sabotage telegraph lines running through their territory?
changed indians to N.A to avoid confusion
May
10
comment Who was the first head of government to support same-sex marriage?
@T.E.D. Yes there is no difference in the UK between a marriage and a civil partnership as far as benefits. Although there was a question if a same sex partner 'married' an heir to the throne! Legally it wasn't called a marriage because of all the historical case law that would be invalidated - but in reality it was a nod to the churches.