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comment When and why did having long hair become associated with women, and short hair with men?
@fdb: Additionally, pictures of Jesus as seen in popular and Western culture tend to portray a middle-ages European form: white and thin. It is much more likely that Jesus was dark, broad, and tall. Outside the church of the nativity in Nazareth there are portraits of Jesus from all over the world, depending on from where they came they show Jesus as slanty eyed, or black, or fat, etc. It seems that (every) man has created Jesus in his own form.
Apr
1
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
I should mention that the CANDU reactors are heavy water reactors, and I think that it is commonly accepted that they are today's safest and most efficient reactor design. I do not think that choosing heavy water over material refinement is inherently a sabotaging decision.
Apr
1
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
@BenCrowell: I believe that the reference to Einstein had more to do with the energy equivalence equation (E=mc<sup>2</sup>) than relativity directly. The energy of an atomic bomb comes from the matter that is converted to energy.
Mar
19
comment Destruction of iconic structures in wars of the 20th century and later
@taninamdar: The truth is that they're not too happy with Israel or the US being qualified as a "nation" either, but they are in control of the territory, operating civil services, and collecting taxes.
Feb
22
comment When has serious unemployment among educated young populations not led to revolution or war?
The people have their bread and circuses.
Feb
3
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Even today, in modern Hebrew the word Kush is used as a derogatory word for dark-skinned people, much like Nigger is used in English.
Jan
5
comment Lion in the european monarchies' flags
Seems to be a dupe of this question.
Nov
10
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you Greg. Actually, I tried to pre-emptively prevent that mistake from being made in the question.
Nov
8
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
Thank you. Unless one goes out specifically to look for it, African history is largely ignored. I am very glad to see this contribution.
Nov
5
comment What was the first Solar Eclipse that was demonstrably predicted in advance?
@sdenham: Very interesting, thank you. I had never heard that, though I see now that the wikipedia article on the device mentions it.
Jul
9
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
@theodox: I suspected as much, but the idea of opening with such a greeting is creatively effective. It creates instant rapport with the audience. I wondered if this building of rapport in fact is factual, not necessarily word-for-word translation.
Jul
9
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
Thank you for the insight, Dan, I actually do appreciate your criticism. Considering the the historical event was the basis of the fictional work, and considering the popularity of the quote and it's association with the historical figure, I found it prudent to know if the quote was attributed to the right place.
Jul
8
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
@YannisRizos: I had actually waited a bit to see if you would answer. When the question became a popular question I figured that I better select Mark's answer (and he provided a great link). Go ahead and answer and I'll accept it!
Jul
8
comment What did the Romans do for Judea?
This is a very interesting, unique perspective.
Jul
8
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
Thank you for that wonderful link.
Jul
8
comment Is “Friends, Romans, …” a historical speech?
@YannisRizos: Thank you, I'm off to research that.
Jun
26
comment When does a political question become a history question?
Most definitely a dupe! Thank you Mark.
May
8
comment When did polygamy start becoming illegal?
I must dispute this answer. I recently had a conversation with the two wives of a neighbour. Points #3 (Human Nature) and #4 (Economics) are in contradiction to their experience as they shared with me. Though the first wife was initially jealous of the second wife, but they became friendly after a few years. The living conditions were never uncomfortable as both women (and children) lived in separate houses on the same land. Additionally, the husband is dirt-dirt-poor, so economics is not a factor.
Dec
3
comment How did Greece avoid the Soviet sphere of influence?
Thank you Tom. That does exactly answer the question.
Feb
3
comment When did we discover air?
I found the Wikipedia link to [Air (Classical Element)[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_%28classical_element%29] from your Empedocles link. That is about as close to an answer as I expect to come, so I'm accepting this answer. Thank you!