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Camille0 -

The US government was constructed with the the *consent* of its citizens and one of the things that has kept us on our first republic (I think France is now on its Fifth Republic, no?) has been the right of the public to bear arms to protect ourselves against repressive régimes.

When France was rolled over in weeks to a smaller German Army, Americans were building their then-tiny army for the coming struggle. Your gun-controlled country allowed traitors like Pierre Laval & Marshall Petain to assume power and deport Jews and other "undesireables" to Nazi death camps. Such an oppressive government won't ever gain power here because individuals are self-armed to prevent it. Yes, a kook can go nuts once in a while and kill innocents, but that is the price of liberty. France may hold dear its égalité & fraternité, but they have forsaken liberté...

Straight talk from Sid.
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I've visited Korea a couple times and found it an interesting place. I didn't realize the fan legend, though ... that is good to know. It's surprising that a people who are (generally) a lot more technically astute than many Westeners can delude itself by such nonsensical pseudo-science. Interesting.
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Just to be clear, yeah, you can damage a fuel pump by running it dry, but the damage is only going to happen if you (really stupidly) continue to try to start the car after it has stalled. The in-tank pumps rely on fuel running though them to keep them cool. If you keep trying to start an out-of-gas car, you keep the pump running and it eventually overheats, ensuing a tow and an expensive repair. If you just ran the car out of gas and admitted defeat after the car died, the pump would be fine. Key thought: admit defeat and go hike for gas rather than trying to get it restarted on a dry tank.

The varied auto manuafacturers all have their own idea of the optimum "empty reserve" (an actual automotive engineering term) for their particular customers. Personally, I'd like a tank gauge to read right on F when it is full and right on E just before it sputters and dies, with accurate linear reading in between. Unfortunately, the greater public is frankly rather dim and are easily fooled into thinking the car gets better fuel economy if it takes *forver* to move off "F" and then takes 100 miles to finally die after E has reached. As a result, automotive engineers deliberately calibrate the pump sender units to read high when fuel, low when empty, and varying slope in between. All cars do this, but the more a car exhibits such goofy inaccurate behaviour, the dumber the automaker thinks its customers are. Like I said, all cars are different, but no automaker delivers truly accurate gauges. If your model goes forever on E, they think idiots are the primary buyers.
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You can't blame him too much for the Hans Chritian Andersen incident. Andersen was famously annoying and 5 weeks with him would probably be a bit much for anyone.
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I'm with Alannah. The Prince is a refreshing throwback to a past time when people could speak what they really thought without the "PC Police" attacking them, suing them for emotional duress, or crushing their careers. Words are words folks.

Pol X -- If that is what the Prince had meant, wouldn't he have said "Red Indian"? Among folks of his generation, I'm pretty sure plain "Indian" meant from the Subcontinent, not an Indigenous American, no? :-)
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Geez, people like to paint things really black and white!

Sure Edison was a ruthless businessman, but he was *extraordinarily* creative as well over many DECADES. He hired smart people and set them to work on problems he thought had promise. In the early years, he had to do most of the inventing himself, but as his success grew, he was able to hire an increasingly large research staff. The say that he stole his inventions is a pretty unjust characterization.

Tesla was unquestionably brilliant and ultimately proven correct over Edison as far "the battle of the currents" (A.C. v. D.C.) goes. But he was really eccentric to the degree of being a tad wacky, especially in his later years. That doesn't disparage the tremendous work he did (especially regarding power generation and transmission), but Edison was no slouch either.

Finally, the concrete houses (look at the model and the pic of one under construction) were actually pretty nice -- they were not featureless monoliths like one might imagine. Still, people were not quite ready for mass produced houses then, so the project eventually tanked. Fast forward to the late 1940s, when post-War America embraced the rows of identical crap thrown up (like the famous Levittown, Long Island) on the cheap during the housing boom. By the way, most of those Edison cast concrete houses are still standing -- I think 10 remain. They are holding up pretty well and most of the owners really like them.
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People are missing Matt's subtle jab at the wording in the posting which implies that L.L.Bean continued (past tense) to sell the boots until today, i.e. something has changed and they no longer sell the boots. The sentence should read something like "...and continue to sell the boots today."
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Oh my goodness, what idiot would be amazed that people have a 50% chance of dying within half the year?

Just goes to show you how ignorant and mathematically incompetent folk are today. No wonder so many con artists take up scamming people for a living -- there are a lot of fools out there...
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1. Thanks for the answer on the tie-in to the Iggulden boy's book. It looks like they gave permission, probably after a lot of £ changed hands.
2. The *version* of the book being promoted, is the US edition. There is also at least a UK version as well & maybe more. If it is like the Iggulden "DBfB", the heroes listed are biased toward the target country. Nothing wrong with this -- it's a fine idea for the young readers to read about heroes they can more easily personally identify with. Some, like Marie Curie, are big enough "stars" that they will be in EVERY edition of course...
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Oh, I am SO glad this is coming out. I've grown rather tired of the criticism the "Dangerous Book for Boys" took from lefties on account of its lack of inclusiveness for girls. Here's your book, chicks, now go away and let us climb rocks and burn things.
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How about the Douaumont Ossuary, which contains the remains of about 130,000 French & German soldiers killed at the 1916 Battle of Verdun? It doesn't get more dramatic than that...

or the U.S. Arizona Memorial, where rest over 1100 victims of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor ?
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Indeed as almost anyone really "into" old houses knows, the story of glass "flowing over time" is complete hogwash. Materials scientists and engineers have studied up one side and down the other on 100, 200, 400, and 1000 year old installed glass and it's completely bogus! The supposed flow lines are an artifact of the manufacturing process. In former times, the glass was handblown into large cylinders, which were then cut lengthwise and allowed to cool flat upon a polished flat piece of stone. The glass didn't dry perfectly flat though, so usually there would be very minor flow lines. These can go horizontlly (suggesting flow over time maybe) or just as easily vertically -- it just depends on how the glass was cut!

In my own 1836 house, I've got lots of original wavy glass windows and the wave patern varies from pane to pane. I've had to replace a couple small panes and always do so with salvage glass from that same period. If I couldn't find it, though, there is a supplier that makes new glass via the old method:

If I needed a lot of it, this would be the way to go. For a pane here or there, I can usually find some salvage stuff. There are plenty of morons who think vinyl looks OK on an old house.

Straight talk from Sid.
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It's a bit shameful, that de-commied Russia still has this barbarian on display. But I guess the Russians learned over the years that there is great capitalist potential (tourist $) in keeping him there. What's more important, I suppose, is that they've removed his statues, murals, &c., from the non-tourist areas.
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Heather -

Last time I checked, Sarajevo, Italy, and Sadaam's spider hole are all well outside the US. There is nothing wrong with privately owned guns; in fact they are valuable tools to protect people's freedoms both from oppressive governments and from forces without.

You mention you are from the UK. I'm assume that you are too young to know much about the many thousands of civilian Brits (including many women and old men) who made up the British Home Guard (Local Defence Volunteers) during the Second World War. There was an extremely real threat that the British Isles would be invaded (read about Operation Sea Lion -- the Nazi plan to do just that). Whilst that never came to be, the Home Guard was ready with their own weapons (read GUNS!) to slow the Germans down and impede their progress wherever possible. This wasn't "busywork", but the real deal -- government owned weapons were in very short supply (lots left on the beach at Dunkirk unfortunately), so those privately owned rifles, shotguns, and pistols were one of the big things ensuring your nation's freedom. Read about how dire Winston Churchill considered the situation in his 6 volume history of the Second World War. Private gun ownership was there to protect your freedom. Fortunately, the RAF stopped the Luftwaffe first, but that was a monumental upset -- far from a "given" at the time.

Straight talk from Sid.
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Climate change did the Mayans in, huh? How can that be when they didn't have SUVs? Perhaps they just had overly large "carbon footprints"? Or maybe, they just did not purchase enough "credits" in the form of carbon indulgences. When you cut out your enemy's heart and burn his remains on a pyre, is that carbon-neutral? You are reducing *their* carbon footprint, after all.

I subscribe to the print Mental Floss and it's a great magazine, but one thing irks me a little bit about this article. Nowhere is it mentioned that the Mayans killed TENS of THOUSANDS of themselves (within tribes and enemy Mayans) in human sacrifices. What effect did this have on their subsequent downfall and the disappearance of their civilization? It's not adressed at all and the only indication of any sacrifice is a small reference in the caption of one of the art photos.

Unfortunately, it's very PC to talk about how ingenious and technologically sophisticated these ancient cultures were, all while ignoring or just glossing over the "bloodthirsty savage" qualities. Yes, in years past, the opposite was true, but now we have WAY overcorrected.

Straight talk from Sid.
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How long do you think Brancusi devoted to this "masterpiece" of his:
Compare that to anything Bernini created.

I'll give the excuse makers a little latitude when they say "art can't be compared" and "it is all subjective". That's true to a point, but eventually krap is krap. There are krappy books, krappy movies, krappy TV shows, krappy car designs, krappy architecture, and YES, krappy art. Don't be afraid to call a spade a spade.

Here's another winner:
To be fair, much of Malevich's stuff isn't quite so awful. But it is a good example of "you just don't understand it" trash that litters the MoMA and another such museums, gifts of the wealthy and gullible. Lots of people are afraid to say the emperor is naked, but I am not.

Sorry, but there is krap and this is krap.
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You don't think the shift from realism to abstraction could have just a little to do with abstraction being available to much broader numbers of artists?

Realism took a high level of technical skill. Any community college sculpting class could provide me with a dozen "sculptors" capable of reproducing "The Kiss". Granted, they might not have the artistic inspiration that Brancusi had to make it in the first place, but the level of technical skill in the piece is very low.

Great art should require BOTH artistic inspiration and a high level of technical skill. Donatello had both. At most, Brancusi had the former alone. It's as laughable as comparing Warhol & Banksy to Vermeer & Botticelli.
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The Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is definitely worthy of being on the list. It was the world's tallest building at its completion in the late 19th C. (it was started in the 13th century!) and remains one of the world's greatest examples of gothic architecture. If you are ever in Cologne, be sure to visit it, climb the tower, and see the treasury which contains a lot of remarkable art, scupture, and reliquaries. Check out the cathedral at:
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