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Forum: Lounge 2020-08-13, 23:35
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Re. the Shinkolobwe mine, my memory got mixed up...

Re. the Shinkolobwe mine, my memory got mixed up re. the natural fission reactor - it's actually at Oklo, Gabon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_nuclear_fission_reactor), a couple W African...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-07, 20:35
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Posted By ewmayer
Yes, Shinkolobwe, what an amazing concentration...

Yes, Shinkolobwe, what an amazing concentration of Uranium - better ores there 65% pure U, and even the "tailings" are 20% U! The concentration was such that parts of the mine acted as natural...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-06, 22:02
Replies: 251
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Posted By ewmayer
Being a numbers & physics nerd, I can't resist:...

Being a numbers & physics nerd, I can't resist: It's an interesting exercise to work backward from the estimated explosive yield and calculate just what % of the Hiroshima bomb's crude gun-type...
Forum: Lounge 2020-05-04, 20:14
Replies: 251
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Posted By ewmayer
May 4, 2020 is also 50th anniversary of US...

May 4, 2020 is also 50th anniversary of US National Guard troops shooting and killing 4 student Vietnam War protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, a little over 2 years after MLK was...
Forum: Lounge 2020-04-16, 21:01
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered by...

Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered by Albert Hoffman (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hallucinogenic-effects-of-lsd-discovered):

“Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to...
Forum: Lounge 2020-04-05, 21:55
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
The late, great Takashi Shimura - a real-life...

The late, great Takashi Shimura - a real-life descendant of the samurai warrior class who starred in the most Kurosawa films (the latter and Mifune had an ugly falling-out during the filming of Red...
Forum: Lounge 2020-04-05, 18:45
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
A belated (1. Apr) happy-100th-birthday shout-out...

A belated (1. Apr) happy-100th-birthday shout-out to Toshirô Mifune (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001536/) (1920–1997), who starred in more Akira Kurosawa films than any other actor save one. While...
Forum: Lounge 2020-02-11, 20:31
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
11 February, 1990, Tokyo, Japan: In one of the...

11 February, 1990, Tokyo, Japan: In one of the greatest upsets in boxing history, journeyman heavyweight contender James "Buster" Douglas KOd the undefeated and considered-unstoppable undispusted HW...
Forum: Lounge 2019-12-07, 19:57
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
For us expat Austrians, said urban legend has...

For us expat Austrians, said urban legend has given rise to a joke:

Q: Why could a Berlin-style airlift never have taken place in Vienna, which was occupied by the Soviets until 1955?

A:...
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-22, 18:45
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
There is more to the Louis/Schmeling story. First...

There is more to the Louis/Schmeling story. First off, it should have been Schmeling fighting Braddock for the title, not Louis, as a result of Schmeling's KO of Louis in their first fight....
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-14, 20:19
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Disagree re. police checkpoints - as with the...

Disagree re. police checkpoints - as with the requirement to have a driver's license and insurance, these are tied to the right to use *public* roads. It is not unreasonable to tie a sobriety...
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-09, 22:37
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Latest roughly-weekly roundup: Jun 5: o 1661...

Latest roughly-weekly roundup:
Jun 5:
o 1661 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge
o 1799 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland set sail in the Pizarro...
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-06, 19:37
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Re. D-Day, IMO the obvious slighting of the...

Re. D-Day, IMO the obvious slighting of the Russians (and the leaders of various FSU nations) is a stain on the 75th anniversary celebrations.

D-Day And The Myth That The U.S. Defeated The Nazis...
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-04, 20:26
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Catching up - cf. DrS's post above for the Jun...

Catching up - cf. DrS's post above for the Jun 3rd Battle of Midway and Jun 4th Tiananmen Square massacre:

May 28:
o 585 BC Solar eclipse, as predicted by Greek philosopher Thales, while Lydians...
Forum: Lounge 2019-06-03, 23:23
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
So how were the concerts? I'm guessing the band...

So how were the concerts? I'm guessing the band had a huge mostly-underground following during the Soviet days ... were albums and such pretty easily available?
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-27, 02:53
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
May 21: o 1260 Hao Jing, envoy of Mongol leader...

May 21:
o 1260 Hao Jing, envoy of Mongol leader Kublai Khan imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao at the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong while attempting to negotiate...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-20, 19:41
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
May 20: 1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan,...

May 20:
1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed. Wikipedia notes: "In the confusion following the quake, Hōjō Sadatoki, the Shikken of the Kamakura Shogunate, carried out a purge...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-19, 23:13
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
May 17: 1756 Britain declares war on France (7...

May 17:
1756 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War) -- The setting for Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans
1792 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-17, 03:32
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
May 15: o 1252 Pope Innocent IV issues the...

May 15:

o 1252 Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition -- "Heretics may be tortured unto...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-14, 22:27
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
May 14: o 1607 English colonists establish...

May 14:

o 1607 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.

o 1643 Louis XIV...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-12, 21:40
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Yeah, got a duplicate-quotebox in my original...

Yeah, got a duplicate-quotebox in my original posting there ... now fixed.
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-12, 19:05
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Re. Edward VIII inspiring a whole...

Re. Edward VIII inspiring a whole Hallmark-Channel-style "he abdicated in the name of true love" royal-romance genre:

Which restriction is rather ironic, given how and why the CoE separated from...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-12, 02:29
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
In the OP I did write "post...

In the OP I did write "post links/thoughts/retrospectives about significant historical events here" - you want strict neutrality, move to Switzerland, pal! :)
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-11, 23:51
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
And now for something ganz anders...

11 May:
o 330 Constantinople (Byzantium) becomes the capital of the Roman Empire -- the Eastern Empire lasted until 1453, 1000 years longer than the Western.
o 1189 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I...
Forum: Lounge 2019-05-10, 03:56
Replies: 251
Views: 32,618
Posted By ewmayer
Re. TV as a vast wasteland, one wonders what...

Re. TV as a vast wasteland, one wonders what T.S.Eliot might have written about it (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47311/the-waste-land) were he minded to do so. "Ratings month is the...
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