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In a world where you don't have access to a backpack, and thus have to use one hand, the sensible thing to do would be to build some kind of machine to help you lift the load. Since you're broke, you're going to be making this machine yourself by hand with whatever is laying around, which means it needs to be a simple machine. There are (classically) 6 ...


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I recently came across something that seems to contain an exact answer to this question. In 826, an exiled Danish king, Harald Klak visited the court of Louis the Pious with his wife and some followers, at what would become part of East Francia in 900. They were baptized by the Carolingian emperor, who according to Ermold the Black then held a lavish feast ...


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The question here may be based on some assumptions, relating the culture of the distant past to that of today. the simple-seeming question What happened when the burial holes where full and no more room was in the house? Is probably answered by a simple-seeming answer: They buried them somewhere else. The issue is that we assume the burials might be ...


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Short Answer In general, opportunities for bathing for personal hygiene existed in most areas of Europe for those who had the financial means, including monarchs, barons, knights, merchants, doctors, churchmen, and the wealthier farmers and artisans (and their families). In many urban areas, there were public bathhouses (though facilities varied enormously ...


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Okay - I got duck-souped rock-souped1 into an answer on this one based on this paper (Thank you Gort the Robot) that analyzed about 200 adult skeletons over the time period 1100 to 1300 for a small Danish village. The author's estimate that the village had about 700 total births over that time period. From my comments above: The results are fair, in the ...


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The term "hobo" is possibly a reference to "hoe boy," per author Todd de Pastino*. These were what we would now call "migrant workers," who made their living travelling with hoes on their shoulders, seeking work from local farms. The opening of the country by railroads around the time of the Civil War helped make this a viable way of life. Given that these ...


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This is a job for Julian day numbers. Julian day is the continuous count of days since the beginning of the Julian Period and is used primarily by astronomers, and in software for easily calculating elapsed days between two events (e.g. food production date and sell by date).1 The Julian Day Number (JDN) is the integer assigned to a whole solar day in the ...


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It is surprisingly difficult to find an answer to this question from open sources. The time period defined around 900 AD in East Francia (and specifically the duchy of Saxony) coicide in my understanding with the Ottonian era in Germany. As far as this period is concerned, feasts were extremely important as is argued in the book Kingship and Justice in the ...


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Then and now, the trained cattle dog. Most of the large herds running in Australia were not as free as the question implies. Large cattle stations and runs in Australia did have conveniently located infrastructure like yards, paddocks, and dams for concentrating and holding animals for processing. Herds would be moved over long distances and divided as ...


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I am sure that bathing habits varied widely among social classes within a community and over the vast area of medieval Europe and during the approximately 1,000 years that the middle ages lasted according to most definitions. Medieval biographies of saints often describe them as having total contempt for bodily comfort and abusing their bodies with neglect. ...


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Days and years are based on two natural phenomena that are both completely disjoint and actually have varying jittering periods. So there's really no one answer to this. Add in the fact that nobody was using the Gregorian Calendar or the Julian Calendar, or anything like either of them way back then, and in a lot of ways this isn't an answerable question. Or ...


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According to "the Adoption History Project" the answer is to whether it was permitted is "yes": Every state in the country currently allows single adults to adopt children. This may be less surprising than the fact that singles have been legally eligible to adopt since the first adoption laws were passed in the mid-nineteenth century. ...


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I said I'd expand on the links between sin and bathing as evidenced in early Christianity. I came upon this while researching my answer for this question, and I'm basing myself heavily on the same article I used for my source there. I only intend this to provide more background alongside @LarsBosteen's excellent answer. In short, a theory on the fall of ...


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This online calculator says 2,199,852 days. It says that the "Gregorian calendar is used for dates on and after October 15, 1582 A.D. and the Julian calendar is used before October 4, 1582". There may be alternative calculators available online if you search around.


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Stereotype is probably an important point here (see alternatives below). The majority of images I found when googling for hobo photos were recent (and most were related to "comedy" or the like). This article/photo collection about early 20th century hobos shows a wide variety of packs/bundles - including 1(!) bindle on a stick. While I don't have much ...


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The answer seems to be included in your question. Rongguang Zhao explains in "A History of Food Culture in China" (p.18): Put another way, eating habits shifted from sitting alone on mats to sitting on chairs around a table. This made using shared dishes practical. And after coexisting for a while with individual dishes, shared dishes eventually became the ...


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