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comment Were there any Fankish/French kings who definitely had no extramarital sexual relations?
It isn't that I can't imagine a source saying that. The problem is that I can't imagine any such source that could possibly be both knowledgeable enough about a king's private activities to make blanket statements about what he'd never ever done during his own private time, and independent enough to be trustworthy.
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comment Were there any Fankish/French kings who definitely had no extramarital sexual relations?
I'm not sure how we could possibly know this.
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
fred2 - Do you have better backup than that one link? Frankly, I don't buy it. Pictish is very closely related to Old Irish, and Roman is not. A word that clearly was in Old Celtic could easily have been in Pictish as well, and it would be really tough to tell which it came from first (or even if if came from a common ancestor) at this remove.
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comment How did the Scottish lowlands get their Gaelic name?
I've got issues with the etymology presented in that link. For one thing, it seems to be implying that the Celtic languages are derived from Latin, which is just way wrong (people used to think they were closely related within Western Indo-European, but that theory is out of favor now). Secondly, I can't find anyone else saying that. I'd really like to see their work on that one.
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comment Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
The title and the body appear to be asking completely different questions. Please fix this.
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comment In the USSR, what if any was the formal, ideological response to the Cultural Revolution in China?
1+ for an interesting answer. IMHO this may be a case where it would be OK to link a Russian-language source if you can't find an English-language one.
Dec
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comment Why is literacy difficult?
@MarchHo - Hangul has a very interesting history (It was created around 1440 to be a system the common folk would be capable of using, and was so effective that it ended up getting banned fifty years later for being subversive). However, you have to admit that Korea's literacy numbers in the 20th century were probably heavily affected by the various imperialist wars and occupations being carried out in their territory. Being in a war zone isn't very inductive to a good education.
Dec
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comment How historically accurate was the movie “Charlie Wilson's War”?
We generally prefer our answers to have more than two words. Even if they are big ones with lots of Zs.
Dec
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answered Why is literacy difficult?
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comment Morse code is a ternary human-optimised code, is there a binary, non-machine optimised code?
There's the smoke signal that the Vatican Council uses to communicate when they are voting. Black smoke means they haven't elected a new Pope yet, and white smoke means they have. I'd imagine a lot of other smoke signal systems can be thought of a binary communications as well, as the medium has many similarities to telegraph.
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revised Is it true that Proto-Ukrainians conquered Europe and India?
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comment Who is Heckler?
@fdb - Or "boogie fever". We had a really nasty outbreak of it in 1976.
Dec
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comment Who is Heckler?
@fdb - Sadly, in a lot of cases the internet just makes this kind of error happen faster. I've lately been shocked and appalled how much various websites brainlessly copy verbatim from each other.
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comment What was the death toll of Plague of Justinian?
Are you sure that wasn't just meant to be 40% of the population of Constantinople? Infectious diseases tend to hit cities the hardest.
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revised Was it possible to navigate a river against the current on a medieval boat?
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revised Is it true that Proto-Ukrainians conquered Europe and India?
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revised Is it true that Proto-Ukrainians conquered Europe and India?
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revised Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?
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