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answered What was the attendance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970? Was it the largest gathering ever in the UK? If not, what was?
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comment Why did leaders not respect diseases in their campaigns?
...and of course the British epithet of "Limey" goes back to a period during the 19th century where their navy was using limes for this purpose. They turned out to be much less effective than the lemons. Again, this goes to the fact that they didn't really know what about the lemons was fixing the problem until quite recently.
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comment Why did leaders not respect diseases in their campaigns?
@StuartAllan - Different, but related. The Mosquito theory is a subset of germ theory. If you were still a believer in Miasma theory, from your perspective both were part of the same wrong thing. I'd suggest reading David McCullough's The Path Between the Seas, which has a very nice chapter or two about this oddly anachronistic miasma attitude public officials and engineers clung to at the time. (Although you'll need to skip through a lot of tedious stuff about the French failures beforehand).
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comment How were books published in Ancient Greece?
I'd like an example too (full disclosure: I've already upvoted this. Its a good answer). I know the Epistles I mentioned all start out that way, but they are letters, so one would expect that.
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comment What is the origin of language?
Actually, I don't think the study of anthropology has any answer for this either. Its an inherently cross-disciplinary issue, and I'm not sure there ever could be a more appropriate stack for a question on the origin of human language than this one.
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comment What is the origin of language?
I'd consider trying to answer it, but I'm afraid I have no clue what you mean by "Can we get a direct method in...".
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comment What are exceptions to the hypothesis that “climate determined ”regional“ loyalties in the U.S. Civil War”?
@Oldcat - That whole generation grew up w/o A/C. I'll turn this around and say that if you can't imagine it being worse, you don't spend much time further south. Cincinnati might "regularly" get that high, but the average high there in the summer months is only 87. Only 90 in August would be a cold wave where I live. 100+ for at least a week or two is expected every year, 110+ is not abnormal, and a few years back we had a week over 120.
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comment Has there ever been a war between members of a personal union?
Yeah, I'd say the "legitimacy" angle should probably not be played up so much in this question. Ultimately legitimacy was often decided on the battlefield.
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comment Death by candle
The Great Chicago fire of 1871, which killed around 300, was popularly attributed to a knocked-over candle or lantern. That may not be true, but fires in cities have always been an endemic problem, and one would imagine untold amounts of them were started by careless use of a candle or lamp.
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comment What are exceptions to the hypothesis that “climate determined ”regional“ loyalties in the U.S. Civil War”?
@Oldcat - I wouldn't normally pipe in on that, but as an Okie with inlaws from Cincinnati who visit every summer, I'm intimately familiar with the difference in climate. When they come in August, they act like they're vacationing on the planet Venus.