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    Blackbeard Didn't Sink Own Ship

    Ongoing research in the waters of the North Carolina coast suggests that Blackbeard most likely didn't scuttle the Queen Anne's Revenge.



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    Poll! I agree with your basic point about maturity, but...

    I agree with your basic point about maturity, but how could you legally justify such a subjective standard? I chose 18 for both genders, though I realize that many 18 year olds aren't very mature....
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    Utah law is ambiguous as to whether an...

    Utah law is ambiguous as to whether an individual, who can legally own or purchase a gun, may openly carry an unconcealed firearm on their person without a permit (see NEWS ARTICLE). If the weapon is...
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    Important!  It is expensive (so start saving), but, for what...

    It is expensive (so start saving), but, for what it is worth, it is possible to go to the Faroe Islands and learn the language. Every couple of years the University of the Faroe Islands holds a...
  5. Several years ago I read an article that made the...

    Several years ago I read an article that made the point that there was once a correlation between SAT scores and IQ. However, as a result of continually readjusting for (falling) SAT scores, that has...
  6. America's problems are both political and...

    America's problems are both political and cultural. In our society you can hardly pull on one without tugging on the other. The American Culture War is between opposing political viewpoints. Indeed,...
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    Exactly, to use the old cliché, they should...

    Exactly, to use the old cliché, they should always be taken with a grain of salt (i.e., with a certain amount of skepticism).



    I don't know who will win the election, but Zogby (if accurate)...
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    Norsemen Before St. Columba?

    Were Norsemen building churches in the north of Scotland before the arrival of St. Columba? Some archaeologists think so:



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  9. Scientist Develops Programme to Understand Alien Languages

    British scientist writes a computer program that may be our first step in deciphering extraterrestrial languages. At least one US linguist is intrigued by the idea.

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    Exactly so. Many of these harmful alleles...

    Exactly so. Many of these harmful alleles (alternative forms of a gene) are generally present in the population at very low frequencies and are often (but not always) recessive (assuming complete...
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    I did not have a problem until I read this. I have not read Martin's article yet, but this snippet does throw up a red flag to me. I was taught that scientific investigations should be conducted...
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    Important!  It varies. Generally oatmeal and/or a...

    It varies. Generally oatmeal and/or a grapefruit. On the weekends I splurge and have some eggs, bacon, and a small bit of black pudding.
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    Important!  I am re-reading an old favorite of mine: The...

    I am re-reading an old favorite of mine: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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    Microbes from Venus?

    Two planetary scientists say that the chemical signatures of Venusian clouds suggest the presence of microbes. Furthermore, solar winds could blow the microbes to Earth. Their research ("On the...
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    Poll! [QUOTE=Edenkoben] First, I never understand why...

    [QUOTE=Edenkoben]
    First, I never understand why a theory of evolution has to stand contrary to a belief in a created universe. If someone holds that god created the universe, it's perfectly...
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    I must admit that this is all very interesting....

    I must admit that this is all very interesting. Prior to this, however, I was not familiar with Illig and had never heard of him.

    On the other hand, have you ever come across the “New Chronology”...
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    You Passed the US Citizenship Test ...

    You Passed the US Citizenship Test


    http://blogthings.cachefly.net/couldyoupasstheuscitizenshiptestquiz/approved.jpg

    You Passed the US Citizenship Test Congratulations - you got 10 out of...
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    I grew up in southeastern Indiana, so the result...

    I grew up in southeastern Indiana, so the result makes sense.


    What American accent do you have?
    Your Result: The Midland


    "You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you...
  19. Some scholars regard Mithraism as a onetime...

    Some scholars regard Mithraism as a onetime strong rival to Christianity in the Roman empire. If memory serves, Mithraic relics been found near Hadrian's Wall in the UK.

    Out of curiosity, have...
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    My German surname is number 2820. My mother's...

    My German surname is number 2820.
    My mother's English surname is number 103.
    My maternal grandmother's English surname is number 5623.
    My paternal grandmother's German surname is number 1447.
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    To a large extent, I agree with you.

    I won't go as far as to call this another example of junk science, but I suspect that there are some problems regarding the experimental design of this...
  22. There is considerably more sensationalism, than...

    There is considerably more sensationalism, than substance, to this so-called "delegation of Lakota leaders," especially regarding their spokesman, Russell Means. Despite being one of the more...
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    As you say, it may be taking things a bit too...

    As you say, it may be taking things a bit too far. At any rate, the early Germanic view of Christianity was a little different than what we see today. According to documents like the Old English...
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    Thank you, Enlil, for your very insightful and...

    Thank you, Enlil, for your very insightful and informative observations. A couple of the points that you made were new information to me.

    I would like to make a few comments, however.

    It is...
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    Biscione and other Serpent Symbolism

    Here is a link to a webpage comparing the heraldic Biscione symbol (the image of a snake swallowing a human) with other types of historical serpent symbolism from around the world. The website itself...
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