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comment When did the Roman forum fall into disuse?
@kubanczyk - Can you show it to me? Colin made a pretty heavy study of population numbers, but he sadly died a decade or so back, so his data may be out of date. Still, I doubt it's off by enough to significantly change the sense of this answer.
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answered When did the Roman forum fall into disuse?
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comment When was the last time (if ever) an elector was faithless in US presidential elections?
A more interesting question might be what would happen if the newly-elected POTUS died before innaguration. It happend right afterwards once (the windbag caught pneumenia from delivering his innaguration address), but never right before. The Right Thing would probably be to innagurate the deceased winner's running-mate, but it seems more likely the office would be "awarded" to the party holding the most Supreme Court seats, like in 2000.
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comment When was the last time (if ever) an elector was faithless in US presidential elections?
@Anixx - Well, in that particular case it looks like the three votes for the dead guy were treated like no vote was cast at all. Who knows what would happen if a majority of EV's voted for a dead guy though? My guess would be that the election would be thrown into the (newly-elected) House of Representatives (since no eligable candidate garnered a majority of EV's). Almost certianly the courts would get involved though, which is why I think the more "faithful" thing to do would be to not vote for a dead guy. :-)
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comment Why was Queretaro chosen as a fail-safe capital of Mexico?
Also, I've removed the second question about Mexico City. That really ought to be a separate question. If you strenuously disagree, feel free to put it back.
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comment Why was Queretaro chosen as a fail-safe capital of Mexico?
I have some theories, but someone better than I at Mexican history really ought to answer. I will add to your list though. Both the treates of Guadelope Hidalgo and the one leading to the Gadsen Purchase were signed there.
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revised Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
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answered Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
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answered Did WWII Delay Indian Independence?
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comment What was the source of the idea of a republic?
I've seen some anthropologists categorize the size of societies by their governmental structures: In general the larger it is, the more hierarchal and stratified.
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comment What factors contribute to the fact that only a handful of countries manufacture aircraft jet engines?
The way this was phrased seemed a bit leading (and Nationalistic), which is perhaps why it garnered a couple of close requests. Hopefully this formuation is more answerable and less trollish.
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reviewed Leave Open Megafauna extinctions
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reviewed Edit What factors contribute to the fact that only a handful of countries manufacture aircraft jet engines?
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revised What factors contribute to the fact that only a handful of countries manufacture aircraft jet engines?
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comment First evidence of intercontinental or cross-cultural trade?
Not downvoting, but it should be pointed out somewhere (and I'm picking here) that rare items can travel great distances just because they are more common close to their source, and thus more valuable further away. This could just be the result of hundreds of small transactions, rather than something worthy of being called a "trade route".
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comment First evidence of intercontinental or cross-cultural trade?
I think lapis lazuli is the prototypical example of this, as it is only found in Afghanistan, was important for making blue dyes, and thus was found all over the old world as obvious proof of some kind of trade (directly or indirectly) with central Asia. Some of it was found in Egypt dating back to 3,000ish BCE, which I believe is about a millineum older than the pots that paper refers to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapis_lazuli#Historical_usage