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Sep
24
comment What surface area per person is required for hunter-gatherers?
persquaremile.com/2011/08/05/…
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
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
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 ?
Aug
4
comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
hurstwic.org/history/articles/daily_living/text/clothing.htm
Aug
3
comment What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
@T.E.D. - I'm not sure how sensitive the result is. A building that is 1:1.5 is too short and squat, one that is 1:1.8 is too tall. So anything around 1.62 looks good - I don't know if 1.6 or 1.65 would necessarily look too bad (although US paper size are wrong!)
Aug
2
comment Continent-wide common languages in human history
@MonsterTruck - Greek wasn't widely spoken as a first language, But it would be known by some people everywhere, either as a trading language (Macedonia-Roman period) or a scholarly language (Medieval). So a book written in Greek might be read anywhere in Europe - at least in monasteries.
Jul
24
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
@LennartRegebro - well who wants to visit a bunch of hairy barbarians anyway? The maps were drawn by/for trading voyagers and few of them got that far (or few came back)
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