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comment 🎃 Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o-lantern come from?
@Semaphore - Just to clarify, the author (Washington Irving) was physically in England, and trying to pay the bills with English readers, but he was born and raised American. So he wasn't exactly unfamiliar with the country either.
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comment 🎃 Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o-lantern come from?
I do know of one instance where the opposite happened. Oaxaca city has a radish-carving tradition on Christmas Eve (The Night of the Radishes), even though radishes were initially brought to Mexico from Spain.
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comment Was Stalinism Totalitarian?
This really seems like a definitionalist argument. If you let me use my own non-standard definitions for words, I can "prove" all sorts of surprising things. But that won't change what Stalin actually was one iota.
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comment Why did Hitler hate Jews?
@Semaphore - The problem there is that the only answer with any upvotes doesn't address this question at all.
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comment Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
(good answer otherwise though, and I agree wholeheartedly with its non-Europe-based points. I upvoted).
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comment Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
The book in question gets a mention in the Solutrean hypothesis wiki page. I'm not a fan of the hypothesis myself. My two biggest rules of thumb are to require extra scrutiny for theories that are either a) more complicated than necessary (Hanlon's razor) or b) attractive to their proponents for emotional reasons. This one hits both.
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comment Were most African slaves were castrated by the arabs in relation to the whole number?
The text of this question doesn't seem to bear much relation to the title, nor does it contain a question.
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comment Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
I agree, in that if you are at all interested in WWII history, you owe it to yourself to talk to as many vets/survivors as you can. There's a wonderful group of vets here in town that do occasional classes. However, that was 60 years ago, and every few years they have one less presenter. So if you want to hear some living WWII history, you'd better do it quickly. WWII belongs to the historians more and more every year.
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comment Was the concept of religious freedom in the early United States applied to native American faiths?
Since the attacks on Indian culture tended to be multi-pronged, there were generally better legs to stand on (eg: property rights, freedom of assembly) than the practice of their "heathen" religon. Not that it mattered much. When Congress or the Courts made decisions in the Indians favor, they were typically just ignored‌​.