1. Tercios Espanoles

    Today is Black Tot Day

    - The Right Honourable Christopher Mayhew, Member for Woolwich East, 17 December, 1969. And thus began the Great Rum Debate, resulting in the last rum issue taking place on July 31, 1970. So pour yourself a cocktail and splice the mainbrace - "The Queen, God Bless Her!"
  2. VHS

    If the following happens today:

    A sudden weapon of mass destruction emerged; fortunately, "only" the following happens: 1) The United States Seventh Fleet is annihilated. 2) Tokyo is reduced to ground; Japan is stripped of all its contemporary infrastructure. 3) The South Korean military is annihilated. The owners of...
  3. jameen

    Is China's huge population more of an asset or liability today?

    If during the Warring States Period, huge population means more soldiers for each states, then the question is: Is China's huge population really more an asset or liability for China's progress? Any Mainland Chinese here can answer my question if there is even one here?
  4. jameen

    If the USSR is the sole superpower today

    How will you describe our world today if the US collapsed instead (with some states seceded) and the USSR is the sole superpower today?
  5. H

    If Africa was never colonized, would it be rich today?

    People keep saying that colonization is the reason why many parts of Africa are poor today, so if it never happened, would that make Africa rich today?
  6. U

    Could the existence of a medieval hero help the world we live in today?

    So for this I am going to use Sir William Wallace, clearly a strong and powerful figure as an example. I want to know if other people share my perspective on this, the idea behind it is if he was alive today given digital media, showbiz and all I'm sure he would become known around the world in...
  7. Futurist

    If Britain or France had colonized Latin America, would it be much Whiter today?

    If Britain or France had colonized Latin America instead of Spain and Portugal, would Latin America be a lot Whiter today? The reason that I am asking this question is because the U.S. and Canada were historically much Whiter than Latin America is. True, this changed to some extent over the...
  8. Maksym Chornyi

    Mauthausen Concentration Camp Today (2017)

    Mauthausen Concentration Camp Today (2017) In September 2017 I’ve visited the Mauthausen Memorial (Former Mauthausen Concentration Camp) and in this detailed material I want to share the history of the main sites with plenty of my photos, how Mauthausen looks today. A 5000-words personal...
  9. JM1906

    Space exploration today and SpaceX

    So guys, I've this feeling that something is being presented in a wrong. Media, social networks etc. present SpaceX as the vanguard of space exploration, and Elon Musk as a guru inside the subject. In my understading space exploration is a huge deal for humans as specie, and its evolution...
  10. Earl_of_Rochester

    IF by Rudyard Kipling - still relevant to today's society?

    IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way...
  11. SirOrmondeWinter

    100 years ago today General Allenby gave Britain one hell of an early X-mas present

    Jerusalem, the faithful city, achieving what so many before him had failed to do for centuries (of course unlike his predecessors he had tanks which obviously helped). Unlike the Kaiser who'd had the ancient walls altered so he could ride through the city Allenby dismounted and walked through...
  12. Russell Murray

    If Hitler had died in 1938, would people today remember him differently?

    I've just finished reading the biography Hitler by Joachim Fest. In the introduction of the book on p.5, Fest asks: "The course of this life, and the pattern of events themselves, will throw light upon the whole matter. Yet here we may well ask ourselves a few pertinent questions. If Hitler...
  13. T

    Remnants of greek religion today

    Do modern Greeks keep any customs, traceable to to their ancient polytheistic religion? I don't expect disguised worshipers of Zeus (put aside neopagans), but I find it to hard to believe, that ancient greek polytheistic religion just disappeared, without any traces. Some leftovers of ancient...
  14. Rodger

    28 Years Ago Today the Berlin Wall was Opened

    On November 9th, 1989 The East German government "opened" the Berlin Wall, permitting its citizens to freely pass into West Berlin: zmRPP2WXX0U What impact did this have have Europe and the world? Within a short period the entire Soviet empire collapsed as well. 28 years later, Germans seem...
  15. F

    500 years Reformation Day today

    When Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg it was the start of giving people a freedom that has continued to this day. But lets not forget there were others who played a part in bringing this about
  16. C

    Would the USSR still be around today if Joseph Stalin was still in charge?

    Let's say that Stalin stopped aging at 60 and was able to live forever. Given how tough the USSR was under him, would it still be around today if Stalin was still in charge? How would he deal with the rest of the Korean War, the rise of Communist China, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis...
  17. N

    Would the Swedish Empire Still be alive today?

    Would the Swedish Empire still be alive today if they won the Great Northern War? I think they could have, considering that them winning would have consolidated their position as a world power.
  18. Romanianboy2013

    Could you be a Holy Roman Emperor today?

    The Holy Roman Emperor regalia is today in Vienna, Austria. If some rich guy goes to Vienna and gaines approval from austrian authorities to be crown with the HRE regalia by catholic bishops, he will be an Emperor? Of course he will be an emperor of nothing since HRE doesnt exist anymore, but...