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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
@WS2 - We do. We just mean very different things than you when we do so. :-)
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comment Why does the rooster symbolise France?
@WS2 - If that interests you, I'd encourage checking out this question on the English stack. I assure you that you aren't nearly as amused by our use of that bit of language difference as we are by yours.
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comment How involved are Jews involved in Multiculturalism and why?
For those fortunate enough not to know, "White Genocide" is the current bête noire of White Supremacists. However, it (like most of their arguments) is utterly bogus, so basing a question off of it puts you into "when did you stop beating your wife" territory. If someone seriously brings it up to you, the best response is probably just to laugh in their face.
Aug
28
comment Did a German Jew in the US Army save his home district from bombing?
...its a nice story though. A great candidate for the Liberty Valance effect.
Aug
28
comment Has a government ever been elected with the full 100% of the votes?
Well...this regularly happens when someone runs unopposed. Another way of looking at this is that if the vote is north of 90% or so, the voters apparently didn't believe they were presented with much of a choice.
Aug
28
comment Which civilization is the first to know about the existence of the Arctic circle?
What "discovery of the equator" are you referring to? Our species pretty much evolved there.
Aug
28
comment Can the Queen of England fire the prime minister of Australia?
Actually, as edited this could be a pretty good answer, if it had a good link for some of the claims at the end of #3.
Aug
27
comment How were blacks excluded from juries in the US southern states in the 1930s?
Here's a link to an actual Alabama literacy test. See how well you'd do. I failed on the 4th question. 30.6K rep here, but apparently if my skin were a few shades darker I'd not be "literate" enough to vote in 1950 Alabama.
Aug
27
comment Did anything come from Sparta, besides fitness and war?
I always viewed them as sort of the "jocks" of the Peloponnese. Athens was sort of the "nerds", interested in science and the arts. That means Athens got the last word, since they did most of the writing, so naturally the jocks didn't come out looking so great. :-)
Aug
27
comment Korean DMZ Soldiers
"...keep any visitors safe." That seems legitimate. North Korea has been known to kidnap South Koreans.
Aug
25
comment Korean DMZ Soldiers
@jwenting - Still, the main thing I notice (as Tyler alluded to) is how underfed the DPRK's look compared to everyone else in the picture. I suspect that detail will jump out at any North Korean viewer as well.
Aug
25
comment Getae, Dacians, and Goths
I'm a bit more forgiving of the "speculation" about the Goths origin, as that's the general vicinity all Germanic speakers seem to have originated from, and the Black Sea is certainly an outlier for Germanics. Still, that's debatable, and this is an excellent answer.
Aug
24
comment What evidence connects Aaron Kosminski to Jack the Ripper?
@steelerfan - Probably. That's why I said, "no less than". :-)
Aug
24
comment What evidence connects Aaron Kosminski to Jack the Ripper?
Could you possibly link the article? On the face of it, I'm not sure I agree with the logic in that excerpt, but I'd like to read a bit more context. Perhaps my qualms would be assuaged if I'd read more.
Aug
24
comment What was this small state in the south of France in 1789?
@andejons - Right. IOW: It was sort of a legal fig leaf to cover the fact that the papacy was being controlled by France.
Aug
24
comment Is this true that the Russian economy was efficient during war II?
That bit about the 2-ocean navy is kind of important. If Churchill is to be believed, the armor used for tanks (particularly heavy ones I'd wager), competes directly with the armor needed for warships. If you want to compare overall productive capacity, you really need to take that into account.
Aug
24
comment Is this true that the Russian economy was efficient during war II?
There are economic measures that are typically used for this sort of thing. Unfortunately, the numbers tend to be very hard to come by (and hard to trust) out of communist countries, but still they exist.
Aug
21
comment Why did Argentina invade the Falkland when they did, rather than waiting for the pending sale of the UK aircraft carriers to complete first?
Could use a reference. Shouldn't be too horribly difficult to dig one up.
Aug
21
comment Were Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi either Freemasons themselves or involved in some way with Freemasonry?
As I understand it, the Freemasons are just a social club that a person is either a member of, or not. What would it mean for a non-member to be "involved with Freemasonry"?
Aug
21
comment What is the current academic consensus on Charlemagne's genealogy?
My mom was playing around on ancestory.com, and managed to trace our ancestory back to Thor. So this phenomenon continues today.