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Jun
11
comment Was it ever deemed illegal to translate the Qu'ran?
That's a particularly weird attitude with The Bible, since I don't believe a word of it was originally written in Latin.
Jun
11
comment Was it ever deemed illegal to translate the Qu'ran?
@jwenting is right. However, this is still a complete enough explanation of the various attitudes toward translations that I'm upvoting it.
Jun
10
revised Why are there no dogs pictured in paleolithic cave paintings?
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Jun
10
answered Why are there no dogs pictured in paleolithic cave paintings?
Jun
6
revised Does the ancient Egyptian religion still have followers?
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Jun
6
comment Does the ancient Egyptian religion still have followers?
Interesting. Just to be clear, it appears this isn't a continuation of the old religion so much as an attempt to resurrect it from what's known of its ancient practice, long after it died. (Much like Celtic and German neo-paganisim)
Jun
4
answered Can the current Monarch in UK be overthrown or otherwise replaced?
Jun
4
comment Franklin's missing ships
The Wikipedia link you provided has a pretty complete list of modern searches, including a new one that's set to start in early August. The thing I find really interesting is that Canada is highly motivated to find the ships, as they may help back up their claim to the (soon to be ice-free) Northwest passage.
Jun
4
comment Franklin's missing ships
Knowing where to look is a huge deal. To horribly misquote Douglas Adams: "The ocean is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to the ocean."
Jun
3
comment How did the Antarctic Plateau lose the kings' names it originally had?
@Oldcat - Well, there are also the magnetic poles. They move around, but the south one, and occasionally the north one, are over land. Plus the word "polar" is often used as an adjective meaning "near the pole", rather than describing a specific spot.
Jun
2
revised The evolution of glove handness in falconry
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Jun
2
comment Mexicans in the US from the Mexican period
I don't know how true this is, but a source I read once stated that a lot of those folks chose to emigrate back south to Mexico. It also stated that when word got out about the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill earlier in the year, a lot of them turned around and went back. :-)
May
30
comment Why America waged war against Vietnam?
This was pretty much it. If the independence movement had not been communist, most likely the US would have never gotten itself involved (compare with what happened to France in Algeria at about the same time). Unfortunately, rebel movements really need a good rallying concept, and Communism was really useful to the Vietnamese for that purpose.
May
30
comment Identify WW2 ammo
@Comintern - So it does. Fixed.
May
30
revised Identify WW2 ammo
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May
29
answered Identify WW2 ammo
May
29
comment What is Poosball, an early 1900s women's team sport?
Dang. Damn shame my grandmother-in-law died last year, or I could have asked her about it. She grew up across the river from Cincinnati, was an athlete, and for a time a High School principal there.
May
28
revised The British and the French built the Suez Canal?
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May
28
comment Was there really a labor shortage in the USA until 1970?
@SamuelRussell - It was taken straight out of the linked website if you want to go investigate that. IIRC the US government used a different measure back then than any of the measures it uses today. I forget which U# it is closest to (not the U3 normally reported by the press). But just eyeballing the chart, you can see part is using a different "estimated" measure too. Probably its best to just take it as-is (a relative measure for the time shown, with a clear big jump), and not try to compare the absolute %'s to today's numbers.
May
28
revised Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
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