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Apr
23
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Apr
18
comment What were Hispanic people called in the US in the 1800s?
Disagree. Here in the Northeast, any Spanish speaking immigrant was known as Spanish, regardless of their country of origin - Spanish Harlem (actually Peurto Rican), the old Spanish Bakery in Providence (actually Dominican), etc - trying to run down something more definite. Will post an answer once I do.
Apr
17
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Apr
17
comment Could Columbus have suspected the New World lay on his path to India?
This is actually an interesting question, that needs better phrasing - "Could Columbus have suspected the New World lay on his path to India?" The answer is, actually, "Maybe, but probably not" and involves a survey of Renaissance Italy, Basque, Irish, Scandanavian and African culture, and how well they cross-polinated, if at all.
Apr
17
answered When did retailers stop wrapping purchases in paper and twine?
Apr
9
comment Was there more than one way for anti-aircraft fire to shoot down a dive bomber in World War II
@jwenting - The point of the time-delay fuse was that a somewhat-near miss would still result in a kill, as the explosion and schrapnel would be enough to do the plane in. A direct hit is much harder to achieve.
Apr
7
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
comment Which is the oldest language in the World?
As much as I like a good wiki entry (and I do - when wiki's good, it's gooooood), the better reference was the "Ask a Linguist" - the answer really should be pared down to a summary of that link, and a corroboration with the well cited wikipedia page. +1 anyway.
Apr
2
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
This answer is incorrect - Ford ordered military action against the Khmer Rouge - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayag%C3%BCez_incident
Apr
2
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
Moral or immoral is irrelevant to the question. I believe any initial deployment of military resources resulting in combat should count, whether the war was declared or not.
Apr
1
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
28
comment How did Mongolian nomads acquire metal weapons?
1) Where would they get the skills as weaponsmiths? It requires specialization to devote the time to learning the trade, something really only possible in settled communities. 2) Where did they get the raw materials? How could they trade for enough steel to equip a conquering army with a nomadic lifestyle?
Mar
28
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
@DVK - The Indians had iron weapons by 1500BCE, and were beginning to dabble in crucible steel by 500BCE. China was using bronze long, long after other cultures made the change to iron, and refined bronze-making techniques that just weren't applicable to civilizations with iron weapons.
Mar
27
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Mar
27
comment How did Mongolian nomads acquire metal weapons?
This is a good question - it could probably apply to most pastoral nomads turned conquerors across history: where'd they get their weapons from?
Mar
27
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@jwenting - Here is a great forum post on the operational history of the Israeli "Super Sherman" I ran into while googling around for something else: ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php/…
Mar
27
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@jwenting - Interesting to note that the French Char B2 could take out 5-8 Panzers, it was a real monster tank, but the mobility, reliability and sheer numbers of German armor overwhelmed them. The Nazis then went ahead and made the same mistake - slow, expensive vs. quick and cheap.
Mar
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
27
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