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comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
@Tonny - ...tell you what, I'll split the difference and give you 700. :-)
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comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
@Tonny - This seems like the kind of statement that people would like to exaggerate, so I went over to the Linguistics stack and looked into it. The accepted answer to this question on Icelandic's conservatisim explains that this is real, but indeed highly exaggerated. For instance, modern Icelanders are no better at reading those 800 year old sagas than I am at Shakespeare. So yes, you might be able to say it is an "older" language than English, but that age is not 800 years.
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comment From what part(s) of Germany were the majority of Texas immigrants in the mid-19th century?
@mart I don't know about the names, but Bavaria was most certainly heavily involved
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comment Why weren't North American Indians considered to be property yet to be acquired (slaves)?
This is a valid point, although I think the question addressed it in the note. However, some people don't read questions that far, so its good to bring it up anyway. Upvote from me.
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comment Did people use to marry much younger during the last millennium?
The thing I find interesting in those #'s is the delta age between men and women. It started large (about 4 years), briefly shrunk to almost nothing at the end of WWII, and has stayed at about 2 years ever since, even as the absolute age of both has been rising.
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answered What was housing like in early Medieval Scotland?
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comment Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
Relying on constitutional or legal language isn't a very persuasive argument for me when the country in question doesn't have Rule of Law. China by its own admission is working towards it, but is not there yet. China is also rather famous for persecution of Falun Gong followers.
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comment How many USA men dodged the draft in Vietnam, and how?
FWIW: My dad claims they were prepared to move us to Canada, but he got a really high draft number, so it wasn't necessary. Don't know if he would have gone through with it, but I suspect this gives you the two most common ways men avoided of the draft.
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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.