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Re: ITT, You ask TGRR anything about history, and get the REAL TRUTH™
« Reply #45 on: May 10, 2011, 06:40:35 pm »
Chicago Fire.  1871.

Did the cow do it?  Always thought that was a lot like blaming the dog for knocking Mom's vase off the table.

No, Mrs O'Leary's cow did NOT do it.  It was Mrs Catherine O'Leary's no-good drunken husband, Patrick O'Leary that did it.  He passed out with one of those ridiculous Irish pipes in his mouth, and accidentally 4 square miles of the city when his shirt caught fire, causing the whiskey in his bloodstream to explode.


Michael Ahern, the Chicago Republican reporter who created the cow story, admitted in 1893 that he had made it up because he thought it would make colorful copy (Fact).
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« Reply #46 on: May 10, 2011, 06:41:06 pm »
How the hell did a fugly and twitchy character like Abraham Lincoln get elected as President of the United States?  I suspect something nefarious.  
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« Reply #47 on: May 10, 2011, 06:44:39 pm »
The Bering Land Bridge between Alaska and Russia, back about 12,000 years ago:  I call bullshit.  Thoughts?
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« Reply #48 on: May 10, 2011, 06:54:05 pm »
How the hell did a fugly and twitchy character like Abraham Lincoln get elected as President of the United States?  I suspect something nefarious.  

While a candidate, Lincoln very wisely refused to be televised, while at the same time making fun of Steven Douglas' hair.  Douglas was very sensitive about this, and had a "Big Ed Muskie" moment, which cost him the election.
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« Reply #49 on: May 10, 2011, 06:55:08 pm »
The Bering Land Bridge between Alaska and Russia, back about 12,000 years ago:  I call bullshit.  Thoughts?

Prehistorical, and thus outside the scope of this thread.  Perhaps you should ask one of those secular-humanist "scientists" about it.
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« Reply #50 on: May 10, 2011, 07:12:24 pm »
Bah, humbug!
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« Reply #51 on: May 10, 2011, 08:31:52 pm »
Bah, humbug!

Well, I DID say "history".
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« Reply #52 on: May 10, 2011, 08:34:09 pm »
Hindenburg...  What caused the explosion?
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« Reply #53 on: May 10, 2011, 10:22:14 pm »
Given the particular and incredibly deeply felt resentment against Hitler within even the Fatherland (let alone in conquered and annexed territories), among widely ranging social groups including the intelligentsia, Marxist activists, certain religious institutions and even the Wehrmacht, and given that indeed there were plenty of opportunities to actually deal with him AND his top aides, why were the Germans not serious enough about having a good time in the years 1933 to 1945?

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« Reply #54 on: May 11, 2011, 10:58:06 am »
I really want to know what's up with the Voynich Manuscript.
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« Reply #55 on: May 11, 2011, 11:02:05 am »
I really want to know what's up with the Voynich Manuscript.

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« Reply #56 on: May 11, 2011, 12:18:34 pm »
The Battle of Thermopylae: What gives?

Well, that's a touchy subject to many Greeks.  The official story is that the Greeks were wiped out due to the treason of a local named Ephialtes, who led the Persians around the back way to outflank the Greeks on the 2d day of the actual battle.

But here's the real story:  Not knowing he was being outflanked, Leonidas dismissed the bulk of the army, keeping only 300 Spartans, 400 Thebans, and 700 Thespians.  Now, what good he thought 700 actors would do is left to your imagination, but the end result was predictable.  The Thespians kept stopping to deliver asides, and the Persians - being no-nonsense people - stabbed them.  The battle was over within another day.

The Greeks, however, managed to defeat the Persian navy with Salamis (How they beat them with sandwich meat is a mystery, but it IS established fact, look it up for yourself), and eventually, the Greeks beat the Persians at the battle of placenta (which is pretty fucking gross, if you ask me).

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« Reply #57 on: May 11, 2011, 03:10:09 pm »
Why did Charles II keep all those yappy little dogs?
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« Reply #58 on: May 11, 2011, 07:09:54 pm »
How did those Dutch manage to get overseas colonies? I thought that stuff was just for Englishmen and Spaniards.
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« Reply #59 on: May 11, 2011, 09:56:14 pm »
All these questions and more will be answered at some point tomorrow.

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