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Jun
6
answered How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distance?
Jun
6
answered The first use of submarines, and the appearance of “modern” submarines
Jun
6
comment Comparison of naval fleet strengths during the Napoleonic wars
@Drux - The Americans, in the War of Independence and the War of 1812, used submarines, and the French commissioned Robert Fulton to develop one during the Napoleonic Wars (the prototype was christened Nautilus, sound familiar?) The British didn't need 'em, and blew a few of the American ones up. They did, however, invent the modern torpedo during this time period, aka "The Automobile Torpedo" (before then, torpedos were what we call mines today.)
Jun
5
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
@Eugene Seidel - Well, it is, essentially, a rock - and underground, it would be protected from weathering and vandalism. After the Romans came the Byzantines, who moved away from pre-christian imagery, and after them, Islamic cultures, who had a very different representational style, and Crusaders, who didn't have the skill or interest in pre-christian antiquity required to replicate roman decor.
Jun
3
comment Where can I find American circus or carnival grounds plans?
What a great question, and frustratingly difficult to run down online - we all know the midway, the sideshow, the rides, but tracking down how were they separated and organized in practice is proving a tough row to hoe.
May
28
awarded  Enlightened
May
28
awarded  Nice Answer
May
24
revised Ancient statue I found near my place
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May
24
answered Ancient statue I found near my place
May
24
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
1) Where are you located? (Which city are you in or near?) 2) Are there any ruins or old buildings or sites near you? What cultures do they belong to? 3) We really need a clearer photo, and please photograph all sides of the object.
May
23
comment Epoch of an item marked with anchor symbol with the letters N and D
Notre Dame actually translates to "Our Lady" not "Our Mother", sorry.
May
22
revised Why didn't the US choose to demolish Tokyo with an atom bomb?
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May
20
comment Epoch of an item marked with anchor symbol with the letters N and D
This is a souvenir of someone's first communion - the ND probably stands for Notre Dame, "Our Mother", which is a Roman Catholic reference to the Virgin Mary - and the name of a few dozen churches, cathedrals and chapels dating back to that period in francophone countries worldwide. The logo is probably of the church, parish or bishopric... will require some shoe leather to run that down.
May
20
comment U.S. Marine Corps and Why does the Navy’s army need its own air force?
Ehh. Things have changed - the emphasis is now on Special Forces for targeted missions to begin combat operations. The CIA SAD are the first combatants into any given theater nowadays, followed closely by units from the Special Forces from the various branches for specific, targeted strikes. The first conventional forces on the ground in both Afghanistan and Iraq were the Marines.
May
20
answered U.S. Marine Corps and Why does the Navy’s army need its own air force?
May
18
awarded  Yearling
May
17
comment Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
Edited to remove commentary irrelevant to an otherwise interesting question.
May
17
revised Did the United States have a third atomic bomb to drop on Japan?
Removed unnecessary and controversial first paragraph, corrected minor errors with spelling and grammar.
May
14
revised Why didn't Japan expand into Ezo?
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May
13
answered Why didn't Japan expand into Ezo?