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awarded  Famous Question
Mar
16
comment Before iron was common, what did common people use for door hinges?
Now I'm really glad I asked this question -- I'd never heard of doors like this before!
Mar
15
comment Before iron was common, what did common people use for door hinges?
@bgwiehle, I'm specifically interested in doors, not flaps.
Mar
15
asked Before iron was common, what did common people use for door hinges?
Mar
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comment Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
@Semaphore, you're absolutely right -- I was mixing Toyotomi's small-scale brutality with the Tokugawa actions.
Mar
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comment Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
Just to be clear, Toyotomi didn't expel the Christians of Japan, he tortured and crucified them and stamped out all traces of Christianity until no one professing the faith could be found in all Japan.
Feb
10
revised What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?
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Feb
9
comment Magic armies examples in history?
I think your comment adds to the value of the answer, and should probably be incorporated into it.
Feb
6
comment How did Europeans first acquire gunpowder?
@TylerDurden, here's a quote from Tome Pires about the king of Cochin China: "He has countless musketeers and small bombards. A very great deal of powder is used in his country..." If you have some other source of Tome Pires claiming there was no gunpowder in those parts, I'd love to see it.
Feb
2
comment How densely populated were the Americas prior to European colonization?
This is going to be hard to answer well for a few reasons. 1) The local societies were mostly non-literate, so no records. 2) In some places, colonists got there first, in others, plagues got there first, making evidence from early colonists hard to place. 3) Visible Native American ancestry is a red herring here -- later deaths and intermarriage are a separate (large) matter.
Jan
28
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
28
accepted Why did everyone try getting to the Pole via the Ross Sea, not the Weddell Sea?
Jan
28
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
28
comment How were the Bulgarians regarded by the Nazis during World War II?
@simplicisveritatis, your evidence shows that Bulgarians have achieved many things. It does nothing to contradict the claim that the Nazis considered them to be "primitive peasant people". Debate with the answer given, not with the dead (and near-universally reviled) Nazis.
Jan
27
asked Why did everyone try getting to the Pole via the Ross Sea, not the Weddell Sea?
Jan
22
awarded  Explainer
Jan
22
comment Native American Technology
@user16124, I've edited the question to drop the comparison to modern technology, as it seemed like a distraction from your main goal. If you'd like to revert the change, feel free to do so.
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