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Mar
26
comment What are the cultural roots of the Lamp of the Genie?
This is quite an interesting question, however Aladdin was only added to the thousand and one nights collection in the 18th century, by a Frenchman, and there are no known prior Arabic sources for the story.
Mar
24
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
24
comment Dictators who came back through elections?
Didn't downvote, but I don't think Yanukovych qualified as a dictator in 2005 (however fraudulent that election was).
Mar
24
revised Did Crimea and Russia exchange Ukraine for the Taganrog region?
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Mar
24
answered Did Crimea and Russia exchange Ukraine for the Taganrog region?
Mar
21
reviewed Edit Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
Mar
21
revised Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
Reformatting for clarity, merge two questions into one.
Mar
20
awarded  Yearling
Mar
14
comment In WWII, why did people not run away from executions?
Those who could escape, did: RAF Spitfire pilot fled from German firing squad during extraordinary series of escapes after being shot down in World War Two
Mar
13
answered What exactly were currours, and what were they used for?
Mar
13
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
@jwenting Everyone is using the term "occupied territories" (The obvious exception being Israel, which prefers "disputed territories"). For a more specific example, the UN has been using the term "occupied territories" since 1967 (Security Council Resolution 242). Furthermore, the UN still formally uses "occupying power" when referring to Israel's presence in the Gaza strip (even though Israel claims to have disengaged from the area since 2005).
Mar
12
reviewed Approve Were the borders of British India deliberately poorly demarcated?
Mar
11
comment How was Alexander the Great able to rule so much territory?
Didn't include this in the answer, because it's primarily my opinion, but the term "Hellenistic" is kinda misleading. The era following Alexander is called Hellenistic not so much to denote Greek influence, but rather to signify that Greece was the catalyst in the fusion of the various European, Asian and African civilizations that Alexander's conquests brought together.
Mar
11
revised How was Alexander the Great able to rule so much territory?
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Mar
11
answered How was Alexander the Great able to rule so much territory?
Mar
8
reviewed Approve Is Maxwell really owner of Maxwell's Equations?
Mar
7
comment Roughly, what percentage of arrows can be reused after a battle?
@FelixGoldberg Actually, reusing arrows during battle is quite likely, but in a different way than the question implies. It would be your opponent's archers that would gather and reuse your arrows, and vice versa.
Feb
28
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Feb
26
comment Did King Porus's men use snake poison against Alexander's troops?
Don't know what the antidote Alexander found was, but it's worth noting that the endemic Ophiorrhiza mungos plant can be effective against viper's venom.