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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012, 5:28:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 18, 2012, 5:31:17 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
"Why are Britain's military branches called the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force, but the army is called the British Army?"

In the so-called "Great Civil War," between the King of England and Parliament, Parliament won and, in 1649, King Charles I was hanged. Eleven years later when the monarchy was restored in the person of his son, King Charles II, the new king agreed to accept Parliament having the powers delineated in the Declaration of Breda. However, the trust level remained low between the parties, and various parts of the military "took sides", as it were, in whether they supported Charles II being "the guy". The navy openly supported Charles II, but large parts of the army did not, as it was largely a Parliamentary creation instrumental in the removal of Charles I to begin with, and then strengthened during the ensuing eleven years by Oliver Cromwell. So when Charles II was put on the throne, he proclaimed that because of its support for him, the navy would henceforth be called the "Royal Navy." Regarding the army, he said nothing, so it remained what it was. Subsequent branches have been given the "royal" designation since, but it has become a tradition not to attach that label to the army.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2012, 2:49:44 PM PDT
Thank you! I am so fortunate that there are so many knowledgeable people on this forum!

Posted on Oct 23, 2012, 3:09:11 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Hey Gilbert, long time no see!

What's the first major movie ever shot digitally, rather than on film.
(I think it was directed by Lars von Trier, but I don't know)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012, 1:19:27 PM PDT
There's a surprising number, actually!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_shot_in_digital

Posted on Oct 24, 2012, 11:41:40 PM PDT
Has anyone ever asked a Muslim what they saw when they had Near Death Experience?

Posted on Oct 25, 2012, 2:48:37 AM PDT
Dave Vicks says:
Will there ever be a SCIENCE-FICTION version of Sherlock Holmes?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012, 5:21:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012, 10:48:22 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
There has been more than one sci-fi version of Sherlock Holmes. The most obvious one was the animated series "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century". Also, in literary form there have been a number of sci-fi Holmes pastiches. Back in the seventies, the great Manly Wade Wellman wrote one that was a mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and the War of the Worlds. I've read others that put together Holmes with Dr. Jekyll and Dracula respectively.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012, 8:26:54 AM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Dr. Who has had some very Holmesian incarnations.

Posted on Oct 30, 2012, 2:13:25 AM PDT
Considering that it wasn't a capitalist economy, did the Great Depression have any impact on the Soviet Union?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2012, 6:13:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 30, 2012, 6:32:56 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
The effect was minimal on the Soviet Union, but primarily because they were already in such horrible shape to begin with. The depression-era conditions in the US would have been a huge improvement for them. Over there, people were starving to death by the millions due to 5-year plans made by arrogant autocrats who tried to force people to grow crops in areas where the crops were not suited, mass resettlement into areas where people had no established local survival skills, and other such nonsense.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2012, 1:55:51 PM PDT
Thank you--I love all the arcane knowledge that we all can share!

Posted on Oct 30, 2012, 11:59:54 PM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Hey Gil, how many people have ever lived and died?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012, 12:11:44 AM PDT
all of the dead ones?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012, 5:29:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2012, 5:29:59 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
"how many people have ever lived and died?"

Every one of them, except the ones who haven't died yet.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012, 10:50:38 AM PDT
Anthony L. says:
Count them. there are 7 billion people alive today. In 1800 there were 1 billion people alive. 1.5 people die every second.
Do some math.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012, 11:15:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012, 11:16:01 AM PDT
W.T. Keeton says:
Does that mean three people die every two seconds, or does the second person actually become half-dead every second?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012, 11:47:54 AM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
every second what?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012, 5:13:09 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Depends on whether you can get Miracle Max to help.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012, 6:39:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012, 6:41:03 PM PDT
Here, now clam up:
http://www.livescience.com/18336-human-population-dead-living-infographic.html

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012, 7:02:40 PM PDT
wow, that's a lot higher number than I would have thought, but I didn't consider how the really high birthrate and short life span of early modern humans could really add up to be a huge number.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012, 4:24:03 AM PST
not a SF question, but

At the top right of the Amazon window, does anyone else keep misreading the
[Join Prime] button as [John Prine]?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012, 1:51:04 PM PST
Tom Rogers says:
there's a bathroom on the right

Posted on Nov 10, 2012, 3:38:00 PM PST
No.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012, 9:54:37 PM PST
What happens when two branes intersect?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012, 11:12:07 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012, 11:12:16 PM PST
Tom Rogers says:
Usually, they were both riding motorcycles without helmets.
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