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Roman women would put up an altar to Carmentis after the resolution of conflict between patricians and plebeians.

In the 1910s, fashion authorities advised young women going to college towns, they wanted flat shoes. Very useful for running to class, particularly if the campus was wooded. The more daring said she might even go without a hat. At a city college, she had to have a hat and gloves, but on the other hand, could wear heels. Some of them lumped college wear in with clothes for spectator sports, but others would explain that for football, you wore a wool tweed suit -- rugged, and you can brush off the dirt if it acquires some in the press of the crowd. As for summer sports, women spectators should wear a bright color or print dress. If she was into sports herself, most could be done in skirts or divided skirts, even hiking, though they conceded that pants were needed for skiing and if clambering over boulders.

Imperial German military authorities were very leery about expanding the military. It would need bringing in urban middle class men as regular line officers. Engineers and artillery were a different matter, as you did need the education, but regular officers would be a problem because they would have ideas. (They also preferred rural soldiers to urban ones.)

During the Hellenistic era, the kingdoms did not have treaties -- Egypt to Macedon, for instance. Instead Phillip had an agreement with Ptolemy. If either dies, the thing was off, and the whole matter up for renegotiation. Very awkward for new kings, part

On D-Day, the paratroopers who landed at the wrong places and just set about making trouble made so much trouble that Germans estimated them at about ten times their actual number.

At the Battle of Vilcaconga, several thousand Inca ambushed three hundred Spaniards, who had been marching all day and were exhausted. The Inca had also ensure they held the high ground, which they did not lose. Nevertheless, the Inca lost nearly a thousand men and the Spaniards, seven. (Armor is important.)

During the Feralia, while Romans conducted rites to placate the ghosts, fires did not burn on hearths, temples were closed, and girls could not marry. For one thing, the girls were with an old woman performing the rites of Tacita.

Early 20th century writers used the story of Cinderella to point out the importance of choosing your clothes for your activities. After all, the fairy godmother put her back in her rags, because cleaning cinders in her party dress would have been just impractical.

The Ottoman empire favored deaf slaves because of the impossibility of their overhearing things, and then developed a sign language to talk with them, and then hearing people started to use it for silence.

During World War I, the converted cruisers Carmania and Cap Trafalgar met while the Cap Trafalgar was disguised as the Carmania. (The fight ended in Cap Trafalgar sinking.)

One of the repeated destructions of Troy was by earthquake. After that, the houses of the great, formerly built on the heights, vanish for the same inferior housing as had been part but not all of it before.

One Chicago study found that in the early 20th century, for every dollar spent on the clothing of the man of the house, ninety cents were spent on his wife's -- and a dollar and twenty cents for the late teenaged daughter. Textbooks sternly asked the girls if their share of the clothing budget was fair.

One factor in the Industrial Revolution was that the efforts to make precision boring for cannon and musket barrels led to work good enough to make pistons with.

Pergamon fell under Roman control because Attalus III had no children and made the Republic his heir to keep his nobles more or less in line while they wooed him to change it, and then died very abruptly.

In 1915, the excursion boat SS Eastland capsized in the Chicago river. It was the largest disaster in the Great Lakes history, and one of the largest ever -- more passengers died than in the Titanic. It was, in fact, a side-effect of the Titanic; the new lifeboats added after that made it top-heavy.

Myth stated that Delos was a wandering island floating about until it agreed to be the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo and erect a "fat" temple. Leto promised at the time that although it would not be rich in agriculture, it would prosper from the temple.

Igbo society had Eze or kings. Contributing to the debate about their significance, it could take up to seven years to replace one after he died.

In the early 20th century America, simpler clothes for small children were not only urged for reasons of health and hygiene but to develop self-reliance: a two-year-old who could put on and take off his own clothes was on the way to good citizenship. (Plus using your own fingers and focusing your thoughts, which helped development.)

The Sibylline books were much less consulted in the Empire than the Republic. Nero consulted them after the fire. Then there were no recorded incidences until Julian the Apostate consulted them his Persian campaign -- and ignored them, and went to his death. Meanwhile, the temple they were in burned down; the books themselves were saved, but they were burned in the next generation.

Feed sellers latched onto the use of feed bags to make clothes by having them dyed or even prints. Feed dealers were sometimes shocked at the change -- from women who just wanted a certain brand, to the demand for a bag in floral percale.

Francis of Assisi threw out one brother as "Brother Fly" for never working.

Philip V of Macedon was succeeded by his son Perseus because Perseus had, in a plot, produced a forged letter showing his other son Demetrios had been conspiring with Rome. Phillip had had Demetrios arrested, but while the letter was quickly proven to be forgery, the arresting general -- later claiming to have misunderstood orders -- executed Demetrios. This meant that the Romans never trusted Perseus.

During the USSR, an outbreak of plague, stemming from research work, was contained by the quick efforts of the NKVD. One colonel of that organization, being contacted, committed suicide because he knew of only one reason to be taken away by it, and the wife of another person isolated went to inform on him to the NKVD to avoid the association.

The New York Times published an editorial arguing that heavier-than-air vehicles for air travel were impossible, maybe soluble in a million to ten million years, two months before the Wright brothers succeeded at Kitty Hawk.

The Macedonian phalanx, dreadful on flat land, was a nightmare when charging downhill. Literally -- we have the statement of a Roman general that he would wake up from nightmares of such charges.

The oldest ceramics in Sicily are decorated with red flame patterns.

Despite disapproval from fashion authorities, the shirtwaist, now called a blouse, was so popular that the United States exported a million dollars worth to France in 1908.

Julian the Apostate, in order to discourage Christianity, urged the Jews to rebuild the temple in hopes this would encourage Jewish Christians to return there for worship and break off from Christianity.
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