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Apr
17
comment Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
saqib - sorry accidentally edited the Q - will be reverted in a few mins
Apr
14
comment Language of Franks vs later French
Interestingly though the anglo-saxon 'invasion' is now thought to have been a very small group of people (possibly similar to the 5% franks) and yet replaced the earlier celtic/byronic languages pretty completely
Apr
12
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
Always hard to ask 'what might have happened'. An alternative might be to compare it with nearby countries with a similar area/climate/resources - like Haiti
Apr
8
comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
@MichaelF - you will if you are prepared to remove the enemy population totally.
Apr
8
comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
That's a little isolated though, it's like USAF v Hiroshima - or RAF v Dresden, that was pretty definitive but not really a war.
Apr
8
comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
perhaps German V Austria 1938?
Apr
6
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
@Lohoris - the US govt dept in charge of supply.
Mar
29
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
I would have said the cold-war was a state of open hostility but "we can't have a shooting war because it's got too dangerous" there have been similar cold wars in europe in history. I wouldn't say there is a current 2 bloc system that big anymore
Mar
13
comment Why does German money from the 1940s not bear Nazi symbols?
Interesting question given the propensity to brand everything. Today the symbol is banned in Germany so even a display of old timetables at the airport to mark some Lufthansa anniversary recently had little black stickers over the offending logo.
Feb
29
comment When did the practice of formally “declaring war” cease and why?
The UN bans the both the threat and use of force in international conflicts. Wonder how that's working out in practice?
Feb
24
comment Were British fears of Russia using Afghanistan as a staging post for an invasion of India unfounded?
When your army/empire gets to a certain size you get paranoid. Was Greneda really a stepping stone for a Communist invasion of the USA?
Feb
24
comment What is the origin of the rampant lion herald?
Presumably any knight heading into battle with a shield bearing a "kitten dormant" didn't produce quite the level of fear and awe he expected?
Feb
24
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
@GWLlosa - yes spotting it earlier and missing it would have been better! There is also a discussion whether it would have been better to open all the watertight compartments and allow the boat to flood evenly rather than have the bow sink and the (undamaged) stern rise which broke it in half
Feb
24
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
Though to be fair it's a tricky decision in the heat of the moment. "Captain, Why did you deliberately ram the iceberg?" - "Because I thought it was safer than trying to avoid it!"
Feb
19
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
"Poof" is UK slang for homosexual - so "poofy pants" is a slightly childish way of saying "gay pants".
Feb
18
comment Why did baseball become more popular than cricket in the USA?
Baseball in england is from a game called rounders - it's similar to softball and is normally played in English schools by girls or kids too young for cricket. So baseball is looked down on as a little kids game.
Feb
18
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
@canadiancreed - Yes I was about to flag the original question as offensive language before it occurred to me they might not have meant it like that.
Feb
18
comment Why are military uniforms often flared or poofy above the knee?
If WWII=="medium level violence" , what does the MPAA consider high levels of violence?
Feb
17
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
To balance some legends. The reason for the lack of lifeboats wasn't that only 1st class mattered. Before satellite beacons and SAR helicopters the aim of life boats was to ferry people to a nearby assisting ship - which would also have it's own boats. Being 'rescued' by being in an open lifeboat in a N Atlantic storm, 'manned' by women and children, with the coast 3000km away and no navigation instruments - wasn't much of rescue. Even modern inflatable rafts aren't much fun for the few hours it takes to get a helicopter to you.
Feb
8
comment Are there any communist leaders without a record of acts we consider as a crime (against humanity)?
@Gangnus - I was thinking more of his economic policy. India for most of the 50s and beyond was pretty much communist. Although this was probably the only way it could be done.