Uri Granta
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Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?
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The attribution certainly predates Lenin. A Google Book search indicates that it was well-established by at least 1890: "Wenn Napoleon sagte: »on s'engage et puis on voit!« so bezeichnet er ...

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Did Goebbels really say "Truth is the enemy of the state"? If so, when?
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Plausible Quotations and Reverse Credibility in Online Vernacular Communities by Quentin Schultze and Randall Bytwerk (professors in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College)...

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How much did it cost to buy a ticket on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul in 1914?
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According to Sophie Basch in "Le voyage à Constantinople: l'Orient-express" [Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1997], a first class ticket to Istanbul in 1913 cost 586 gold francs from Paris, or £20.11s from ...

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Which single-car accident in history caused the most deaths?
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The deadliest road accident not caused by an explosion that I could find took place in Sotouboua, Togo in 1965, where two trucks crashed into a crowd of dancers, killing 125 people. While this is ...

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Did Franco consider Hitler a "son of the Catholic Church" who "died while defending Christianity"?
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The following quote from Historia de la literatura fascista española by Julio Rodríguez-Puértolas (Vol II, p974) implies that the origin of the "son of the Catholic Church" quote was an article in the ...

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Jewish diaspora in the late antiquity
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Here's a partial answer covering just Alexandria (though also see comment about Carthage below). The most significant event in the history of the Hellenistic Jewish community of Alexandria was not ...

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Cultural history of Saudi Arabian rulers' uniform beard style?
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First, it's worth noting that while all the men wear goatees, the styles aren't identical. In particular, Abdullah's spade-shaped dyed beard is very distinctive. The style is sometimes claimed to be ...

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Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong but not Gibraltar?
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In addition to realpolitik and defensive considerations mentioned above, here are two more reasons: Gibraltar has been under British rule for significantly longer than Hong Kong was, both in absolute ...

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Are there any Egyptian hieroglyphs representing four sounds?
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Yes there are, but not many it appears. An exhaustive list can be found in Hieroglyphenschlüssel: Entziffern, Lesen, Verstehen by Petra Vomberg and Orell Witthuhn, but this partial list gives one ...

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Gregório Amúrrio: dates of birth and death
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According to the Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography (p23), he was born at Bastida, Spain in 1744 and died post 1784.

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Did Britain briefly recognize Mahmud Barzanji as King of Kurdistan?
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As you say, it sounds very unlikely. Mahmud had previously proclaimed independence in May 1919 after earlier accepting a British protectorate. He was captured by the British and exiled a month later. ...

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Have Paralympics been the specific target of boycotts?
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Here are a couple of cases that may have come close: The 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympics took place in Israel and were attended by 28 countries. However, I couldn't find any indication that any of the ...

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What is the first documented eating disorder?
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Food disorders are probably as old as humans. Purging after meals was recorded in Ancient Egypt as a health ritual, as well as in early China, Persia and Rome (1). Purging wasn't particularly common ...

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Did Viet Nam suffer a famine any time during the 1980s? And if not, how close was it to famine?
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Certainly there were widespread food shortages in 1988 following a drop in agricultural production, high inflation and significant unemployment. The situation in the northern provinces has often been ...

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