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Mar
18
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
Got a link for this assertion? It sounds possible, but my understanding is that the origins of alcohol are still hotly debated.
Mar
18
revised What was Lenin's “New Economic Policy” and what complications did it have?
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Mar
15
comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
@DarekWędrychowski - There were actually a few others I could mention. Almost all are Italians who kept their birth names. The further you go back the more debatable the difference between Latin and Italian is though.
Mar
15
revised Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
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15
comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
While we are vaguely on the subject, I have to make note of my all-time favorite Pope name: Pope Hilarious If Father Guido Sarducci is ever elected Pope, he should take Pope Hilarious II.
Mar
15
answered Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
Mar
15
revised Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
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Mar
14
revised Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
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Mar
14
answered Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
Mar
14
comment Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
Another thing to mention in this regard is that pretty much all the available land in the Old South was by this time owned by somebody. It was only Argentina that still had lots of available land in the temperate zone. ...still, 4 million Italilans did immigrate to the USA. I know of at least two families (those of my minister's wife's parents) that even immigrated from Sicily to east Texas to take up farming there. So it wasn't unheard of.
Mar
14
comment Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
@DarekWędrychowski - You need to go pick up a copy of Gun, Germs, and Steel.
Mar
14
answered Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
Mar
11
comment Were Russian recruits ever chained?
Rather than go round-and-round till we understand each other, I've edited it to make it clearer to me. If you don't like the edit, feel free to revert. (I'm +1ing this on the assumption I have the sense of what you were saying right).
Mar
11
revised Were Russian recruits ever chained?
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Mar
11
answered Were there any successful attempts by the Allies to “turn” groups of Axis soldiers?
Mar
11
revised Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
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Mar
11
comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
Contraversy where history clashes with a lot of folks' religous beliefs is to be expected. However, there was a rather lot of it around this particular answer, and some of it was (annoyingly) well-founded. As a result, I've taken a step back and totally rewritten this answer, basing it directly on the wikipedia exposition on this subject. It doesn't change the ultimate answer, but it does mean its just reporting the existing state of scholarship. If you have a disagreement with that, you probably need to go talk to the scholars in question. In the meantime, I deleted the obsolete comments.
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revised Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
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comment At the end of WWII, were nazis working on any other super weapon besides V-2?
Well, even geniuses can make honest mistakes. However, I like the idea of him doing it on purpose much better, so I'm happy to leave it at that until told otherwise. :-)