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Jun
15
comment Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
@Lohoris - There's a negatively voted answer here, and a halfway decent one deleted by owner, both that had some good info in them, but weren't properly sourced (among other issues).
Jun
15
awarded  Enlightened
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Jun
15
comment What is the first known organized religion in the world?
@jamesqf - Football stadiums don't? :-)
Jun
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comment Did a starving Great Wall guard let enemies through?
So reference it as apocryphal. You are trying to make a point, not teach a history lesson, right?
Jun
10
comment How did communist authorities decide who is “German” and who is “Polish” when expelling Germans from recovered territories?
To me that "wide latitude" line implies that a lot was left up to personal discretion, which means there would be a different answer for every local commission.
Jun
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comment Why was there a perceived high rate of AIDS infection among Haitians?
There's certainly no good reason it can't break out amongst a heterosexual community, as it later did just that in Africa. (In fact, mistaken beliefs along those lines helped feed the denial allowed it to take root there).
Jun
6
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Jun
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comment What were the reasons for the Renaissance / scientific revolution in Europe?
Not a bad answer, but it is essentially identical to the accepted answer, isn't it?
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comment World History - Big Bang to TODAY
Sadly, this is quite likely to get closed for being a list question, or for soliciting opinion or discussion. Our format here just doesn't work well for those. I think I have THE answer, but that's probably just hubris on my part. In the meantime I'd suggest checking out our help center for guidelines on how to ask questions.
Jun
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answered World History - Big Bang to TODAY
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comment Did the Vikings practice human sacrifice?
Very interesting. That incident looks more like sati or what you saw in high-raking Egyptian funerary practice (where the idea is for the deceased to have proper companionship in the afterlife) than a sacrifice to appease the gods. Still upvoting for the later quote, and because I was unaware of this one.
Jun
4
comment Did the Vikings practice human sacrifice?
@Yannis - Mostly agreeing with Lohoris. I get the impression that the people arguing against the existence of Blood Eagle tend to further argue that there isn't a lot of objective evidence that the Vikings engaged in ritual human sacrifice at all (unless you count trial-by-combat). At least that was the impression I got from Hutton. "Blood Eagle" was supposedly their method of ritual human sacrifice.
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