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answered Did the Southern States make any attempt to secede from the Union through an act of Congress?
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comment How and why did the Cavalry lance temporarily fall out of favour during the 16-18th centuries?
It looks like the Spanish army was also using lancers at the time, according to this engraving of the Battle of Gembloux
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comment Chinese legendary figures with European appearance
Three Kingdoms was an organizational era of ancient China. Romance of the Three Kingdoms is, AFAIK, a computer game. I played the heck out of it on my Amiga, back in the day.
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comment Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles
@Schwern - If some comments are obsolete, flag them and let the mods look them over.
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comment Mystery of the many-loaded muzzles
Interestingly, it looks like soldiers firing unusually heavy weapons were more likely to really fire them. There might be some physical explanations for that too, but it jibes well with the psychological one. If you're using one of the big guns and don't fire it, people are much more likely to notice (also, if you like firing guns, you'd likely gravitate toward the bigger ones, given a chance. The gun enthusiasts I know are certainly that way).
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comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
@Drux - Kon-Tiki was not about the population of the Americas. What Heyerdahl was proposing was that Early Americans were ancestral to the Polynesians (not the other way around).
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comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
Solutrean is a thing. However, it only dates back to about 1998, so it is not a pre-Beringa theory.
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comment Is chain mail expensive?
What I think is being missed is that today it is expensive, because labor (at least outside the developing world) is very expensive today. However, in Europe between roughly the fall of the Roman Empire and the population contraction that came with The Black Plague, unskilled labor was very cheap. So while today "labor intensive" = "expensive", that was not the case then.
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comment Identification of location and type of bi-plane
@mgkrebbs - Not that this means much, but there are other places that resemble that location. I know the AFB/Airport in Albuquerque happens to abut the (Sandia) mountains very much like that.