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comment Are there cases of U.S. Founding Fathers burning flags of other nations?
@TylerDurden - Quite. In fact, burning the flag is traditionally one of the two acceptable methods of disposing of a flag (the other being burial).
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answered Has any culture primarily worshipped an evil deity?
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revised Identifying a ship in Sydney Harbour
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comment Identifying a ship in Sydney Harbour
There's a nice shot in the video starting at about 8:01 that looks to me like the same ship underway near the same bridge.
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answered Identifying a ship in Sydney Harbour
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comment Strange Symbol Painted on Basement Floor
My wife was born in Covington, and grew up in the area. I believe it was heavily settled by German immigrants, and the neighborhood name seems to lean that way as well. That might be a clue for someone.
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revised How heavily were the British taxing their American colonies?
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comment How heavily were the British taxing their American colonies?
I know 3 years and 3 answers in is a bit late to be doing this, but I'm changing the title to better match what the Questioner appears to want an answer to.
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revised Why does Latin American history have such a low profile?
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comment Cult related law made in US
@Tab - A large amount of that law would be impossible in the USA, due to the First Amendment. The best you could do here is take the approach that RICO takes: make lawsuits against the organization easier and allow for multiplicative damages and extra prison time for leaders.
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revised Why did serfdom disappear gradually in England?
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comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
So "family lore" perhaps?
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comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
So does that mean this is from your own personal knowledge, or that you asked your father and this was his answer?
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answered Cult related law made in US
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comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
@Rajib - Nice link, and it confirms some things about height that I'd observed unscientifically. In particular, both the milk thing and the "striking regional differences" make me wonder how useful comparisons of averages of different very local cultures in different eras and areas really are.
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comment Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?
Well, it could be argued that those forces might have been available as an emergency reserve if they hadn't been previously deployed to Tunisia. I wouldn't want to make that claim personally without looking at available unit deployments at the time, but I could hear it being made.
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comment What is the first example of a Western government passing a sin tax?
I don't think its unreasonable to count the Whiskey tax, as the "moral" character of the thing being taxed was a large part of why it was a politically palatable tax in the first place.
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comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
For us backward USAians, that's about 5'4 for men and 5'0 for women.
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revised Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
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revised Nomination of candidates in 1824 election
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