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comment Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
They seem to have been the first with writing of some kind. However, the first known Alphabet was the Greek one, and that didn't happen until the Ancient Sumerians were long gone.
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revised Why wouldn't the South make salt from seawater during the American Civil War?
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comment Why wouldn't the South make salt from seawater during the American Civil War?
I'm modifying that part a bit to make it less absolute. I think the "saltern" link I added there might clear up a few of the questions in the comments.
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Jun
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comment What are the origins of coursing with cheetahs?
Interesting! It might help if you could add that to your question. If there are pictures online, it would help to add those too.
Jun
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comment What are the origins of coursing with cheetahs?
I think tigers are far too big to ride on a horse.
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answered Why wouldn't the South make salt from seawater during the American Civil War?
Jun
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comment When and by whom was the Tirupati Tirumala temple in India built?
Assuming 1 is meant to be an answer to "when" using reginal dates, and 2 is meant to provide a possible an answer to "by whom", this seems like a direct answer to me. Could use some cleanup perhaps, but its an answer.
Jun
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comment Why is there a Pegasus on Huey Long's grave?
From the little bit of research I've done, there does seem to be some kind of association. I haven't yet been able to figure out the source though.
Jun
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comment Did barracks exist in the middle ages?
I love that you provided links for backup (something a distressing amount of newish users don't do). However, I don't see that second link saying anything about standing armies. Either I'm missing something, or perhaps it should be moved to another chunk of text?
Jun
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comment How were the holes for the guns in battleships' turrets protected?
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Jun
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comment Colonies in Machiavelli's age
...Corfu for Venice.
Jun
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comment How did Native Americans defend militarily?
The problem I see people having with the question could be easily fixed simply by picking a tribe, or even a cultural group of tribes. You probably have an image in your head; simply tell us what it is. For example, the "civilized tribes" of the Southeast were settled farmers, and thus an assailant knew where to find them at all times. The Commanche were a nomadic nation like the Mongols, and thus didn't have much of anything for an enemy to attack outside of their buffalo. The Siouxan peoples were sort of a mix of the two.
May
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comment Did Kim Jong-Il wrest away power (rather than inherit it) from Kim Il-Sung in a power struggle?
Not sure if this wouldn't be better on Politics. I do know that getting info out of N. Korea is a challenge, and had heard that a lot of their seemingly "crazy" behavior had to do with internal power struggles, and particularly keeping the Army in line. That fact that this would even be a consideration tells you that this isn't a simple situation of a hereditary dictatorship, as it is often portrayed.
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revised Which is the oldest language in the World?
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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.