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comment Did the University of California and University of Geneva award honorary degrees to Inazo Nitobe?
I'd suggest trying to get hold of that dissertation I linked then. It's quite possible he mentioned it in the opening remarks of the speech at the college that did it. At worst, that should get you the names of the exact colleges he gave the speeches at.
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revised Did the University of California and University of Geneva award honorary degrees to Inazo Nitobe?
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answered Did the University of California and University of Geneva award honorary degrees to Inazo Nitobe?
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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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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.
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answered When became turks finns?
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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.
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revised Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
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