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revised How come every culture on the Planet has a different calendar, yet follow the same system for a week?
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Oct
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comment Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o'-lantern come from?
@Oreotrephes - Does it? I didn't see anything about gourd carving in there; just the term being applied to the natural swamp gas phenomenon.
Oct
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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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answered Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o'-lantern come from?
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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.
Oct
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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.
Oct
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revised When became turks finns?
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revised When became turks finns?
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answered When became turks finns?
Oct
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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).
Oct
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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.
Oct
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revised Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
Fixed a horrible, horrible direction error (probably due to me being left-handed).
Oct
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Oct
24
answered Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
Oct
24
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.
Oct
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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​.