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All part of the ongoing campaign to ensure that if you're over about 5'10 you have to be rich to fly. So not only will tall people be crushed into seats which don't have enough legroom, they have to pay extra for the privilege. Sat next to a short person you know that not only are they more comfortable than you, they also paid less for your seat.
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I was going to say the same as binc - they are edible, waste not want not!

They'd need careful handling when alive/raw if there's a parasite risk, but proper cooking kills parasitic worms (in any meat, not just snail!).
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Some of these things that are claimed to be innovations of the Second World War are nothing of the sort - you'll find the same realism and lack of sugarcoating in the work of Bruce Bairnsfather working in WWI:

The Wipers Times also carried cartoons in a similar vein:
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12. He is almost universally loathed by disability activists.

There are many, many more articles in the same vein if you are interested in the lived reality of disability rather than the patronising version peddled by this 'humanitarian'.
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"They really give you an idea of what life was like at that time and place." - and you choose to illustrate the lot with a totally posed picture. Even in the 19th century that 'traditional' costume was only worn for special occasions or as dressing up for tourists.

Secondly, if you've ever been to Wales you'd know that a number of these views are basically exactly the same to day - for example, googling to find a more recent picture of LLandudno gets a picture that's almost identical to the one in that set (apart from being actually in colour rather than colourised):

They're lovely pictures, but they are tourist postcards, and give a tourists' view of Wales - and given that a large number of the attractions were either historical or natural, that's a pretty similar tourists' view to now.
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But if you do go to Paris, remember that there will be no Paul Reubens because it's all in French!

Was absolutely my favourite ride when I went to Eurodisney (as it then was) when I was a child.
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They missed out the best Fleet River fact:

In 1846, the Fleet river exploded, with enough force to destroy buildings and smash a river boat into a bridge.

The explosion was due to a buildup of sewer gases, since the river had been enclosed in a fairly haphazard way. But I don't think you can talk about the Fleet without mention its explosion.
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If you scroll down towards the bottom of this page, you'll find that the principle of sound transmission via the teeth for people who have hearing difficulties is at least 130 years old:
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Cabin in the woods? It's a rather idyllic cottage in the English countryside - the totally non-horror setting adds to the horror of it all. I wonder if the person writing that had ever read the book.
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So it's a lorry rather than a bus, but in the Highlands and Islands the mobile cinema is very much a here and now thing:
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This has been the case in the UK for at least thirty years - "Medicine with pre-medical year" is a medical degree with an extra year of science tacked on at the front to get non-science students up to speed.
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Undermining wasn't usually to get into a building via the mine; more usually the mine was dug under the level of the walls, then the supports of the mine set on fire. The tunnel would collapse and the wall above it collapse as well. St. Andrews castle has an extant example of a mine, as well as the defenders counter-mine.

In WW1 mines were dug under enemy trench positions, filled with explosives and detonated - again, the point not being to use the mine to get into the enemy positions. William Hackett's VC citation shows the dangers that the tunnelers faced:
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The linked article is significantly incorrect in attributing the 're-discovery' of scurvy to Nares' 1875 expedition. Early Arctic and Antarctic expeditions had been plagued by scurvy (most of the ships that went looking for the Franklin Expedition in the 1850s suffered from scurvy to a greater or lesser degree).

The key was not of itself the substitution of limes for lemons, but rather the preservation of them. Fresh lemons or limes were boiled, sugared and canned/bottled for long journeys, significantly reducing the vitamin C content (Roses' Lime Cordial is the product of a particular patent process for this). It would further degrade on storage, leaving the sailors with a progressively deteriorating condition in the ice.

Because lemon juice was so unreliable many Captains had their own 'cures' for scurvy (recorded in their accounts of their voyages). Two notable ones were whale skin and sauerkraut - both of which have a good vitamin C content. These were never scientifically tested, but stumbled on in practice (and lacking the science were never enforced in the way citrus was).
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