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Dec
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revised Did Roman military require uniform weapons?
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Dec
28
reviewed Edit suggested edit on What was the currency in use in Palestine shortly before and during WWI?
Dec
28
revised What was the currency in use in Palestine shortly before and during WWI?
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Dec
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What was the end of Indian Army Leader Netaji Subash Chandra Bose?
Dec
27
comment What's the story behind Christmas?
For an interesting perspective on how much more ...er... crass a USA Christmas is and our view of other country's Christmas ho-ha, try watching these David Sedaris videos: americablog.com/2012/12/… . "Its nothing I'd want for myself, but I suppose its fine for those who prefer food and family to things of real value."
Dec
26
comment Are Zoot suits considered an element of the 1940s Hipster subculture?
This seems to be essentially correct. The only tweaks I'd make is that it seems to have been primarily a Latino (proto-Chicano) thing that black folk, and apparently a few whites as well, picked up on. The mention I found of whites wearing them was particularly tantalyzing, as it mentions that newspapers covered up this fact, presumably because it didn't fit the racial boundries of the stories they were trying to tell. I have to wonder how prevalent it really was among whites, and thus if this question might not be a better one than it appears at first blush.
Dec
26
comment Is it true that medieval villages didn't have names?
I pretty much agree with this. But don't underestimate how differently the world looked to a Medieval person than to you or me. Almost nobody moved around much, nobles included.
Dec
26
comment What's the story behind Christmas?
Perhaps in England it is mostly about the food. In the USA we have Thanksgiving for that, and Christmas is much more about family gift-giving (don't worry though, the food is there too...)
Dec
26
comment Is it true that medieval villages didn't have names?
Official names perhaps. But when peasents living roughly equidistant from two or three towns talk about going into town for some reason, you figure they probably had some way of differentiating them outside of pointing.
Dec
22
revised Military brothels in WW2
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Dec
21
comment “Year without a summer” 1816 effects on Africa
Interesting. If it messed with the monsoon trade winds typically used for navagation between Africa/Arabia and the far east that year, along with the circular currents in the Atlantic that are used to speed navigation to the New World and between Europe and the Horn, that would have been a really big deal.
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
Voting this up over my answer because I personally believe this is right. I was attempting to explain the Roman theory (which I personally find interesting) in mine, but in fact I understand gift-giving for Christmas went out of style until Christmas Carol repopularized it.
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
@spiceyokooko - If you are referring to the final paragraph, I already said that myself. The rest however, I believe is well-attributed.
Dec
21
revised Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
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Dec
21
answered Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
Dec
21
comment Where does the tradition of Christmas gifts comes from?
@spiceyokooko - Perhaps because it is often claimed that Christmas is actually a Christianization of older Pagan holidays.
Dec
21
comment Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
Add the word "Federal" (or something of that sense) to your first sentence, and this may be good enough for an upvote. It is only very late that you mention state laws, but without look at those, this can only really be half the answer.
Dec
21
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
Dec
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revised Were there weapons that a private citizen could not legally own in 1789 in the US?
Removed scare quotes around citizen, clarified that we're looking for "legal"
Dec
21
comment Military intervention in government in India and Pakistan
Lol. I appreciate the typo fixes @astabada. The ancient version of IE they force me to use at work doesn't have a spell checker. I do think that's cruel to everyone, but doesn't quite rise to the level of a hate crime. :-)