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answered What did Cyrus the great look like?
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comment How common was smoking in first half of the 20th century?
@Relaxed - For cigarettes, the graphs above start at pretty near the maximum per-capita usage in the USA, as you can see from iayork's first graph. But Peteris is right that before that lots of people were just using other nicotine delivery methods, rather than not smoking at all.
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comment How common was smoking in first half of the 20th century?
Very, very true. In the first half of the 20th century, the appearance of things like cigarettes and diamonds in movies were often due to a kind of industry-wide product placement. After that became illegal (for tobacco), as I mentioned in my answer, it became something that was used sparingly as a signal for various things to the viewer. Since then, I believe (haven't seen stats) that the extent of real-world smoking in movies has been drastically underplayed. About 1/5th of Americans are still smokers, but you wouldn't know much of anyone is from our movies.
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revised What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
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revised Why were the Germans and Russians so fixated on an unlikely “separate peace” in 1945?
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answered Why were the Germans and Russians so fixated on an unlikely “separate peace” in 1945?
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revised How to collate the available contemporary press coverage of the 1936 US olympic hockey team?
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comment How do we know that prostitutes were very common/popular in Corinth around Jesus' time?
@fdb - I suspect he just meant that he'd trust Strobo's authority on the subject before trusting something found in a book that has a vested interest in portraying pagan greeks as unusually immoral.
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comment Strange symbol on Midwest brick home
@Lohoris - That's the exact first impression I got. Regardless of what it was really supposed to symbolize, I wouldn't be surprised to hear it caused trouble with the neighbors.
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revised What was the role of Konstantin Rokossovsky during WW1?
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comment What happened to the Polish Calvinists?
@Bregalad - I probably should have linked them to their sources, which are here and here respectively. And if you zoom the second one way in, it turns out there are in fact 4 purple dots on the western border that might be Calvinist (I don't know Polish, but I think that's what the key is saying)
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