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  • Where can I find old maps of my area?

    The farmer we bought our house from had an old map showing names of the field surrounding our house e.g. 'The onion field'. I have looked online and can only find os maps. Does anyone have any ideas where I can find a copy of a map with names like this please? Would love to get one framed for my husband for Christmas! Thank you
    16 answers 1 week ago Books & Authors
  • What was the last thing you asked yourself?

    Best answer: I asked my self-something last week and only received the answer back today, so I asked again why has it taken so long to get an answer.
    91 answers 1 week ago Polls & Surveys

    117 answers 7 days ago Philosophy
  • Were the use of Atomic bombs a terrorist act?

    I mean, they targeted civilians, so isn't that terrorism?
    55 answers 1 week ago History
  • If evil didn't exist than how can we define good?

    I asked a similar question the other day and people on YA didn't seem to get what I was getting at. I mean cold is the absence of heat. But what if in an alternate reality cold didn't exist at all for the sake of argument. Then how could we or at least re-defined heat? That's my point with evil and good. How can one exist without the other?
    34 answers 6 days ago Philosophy
  • The Vietnam War was a divisive issue. What did the U.S. do correctly (if anything) in the war?

    22 answers 1 week ago History
  • My grandfather keeps mocking my brother because he wants to be a writer.?

    My brother has had three books rejected so far. He is nearly 30 now. My grandfather keeps laughing at him. He said to me my brother clearly has no talent and is wasting his time. I believe in my brother but my grandfather doesn't. What should I say to him?
    62 answers 1 week ago Books & Authors
  • Is the truth always the truth?

    Best answer: Only in the mind of the person making the statement.

    Truths in conversation are based on the knowledge and belief of the person, at the time.
    16 answers 1 week ago Philosophy
  • Will trump make America great again?

    Best answer: No.
    55 answers 1 week ago History
  • What books to read?

    books that make you think,give you hope, make you stronger, and teach you lessons of living well. and NOT depressing.
    18 answers 1 week ago Books & Authors
  • Books that will change your whole approach to life during an existential crisis?

    Best answer: Hard read due to so many interesting footnotes to get lost in, but maybe you'd like that to get out of your head? A few years back I finally read "At Day's Close: A History of Nighttime,"* by A. Roger Ekirch. It is what it says on the tin, a history of how people felt about night and darkness from the end of the middle ages to the start of the last century. Boring, you say? Once I got into it it completely turned my thinking upside-down on so many many things I'd taken for granted as just the way things are and I thought I was fairly broadminded. I don't mean about history, but about how I evaluate people as good or bad, lazy or industrious, which activities are appropriate for which time of day, even about why people have curtains, and I found a way to put into words why covering the face goes against the grain of me. (Did you know that many people were against streetlights as being immoral and/or a symbol of government overreach and tore the up?) I wouldn't say I enjoyed reading it as the text is very dense, but it's one of those books where the ideas presented in it keep growing and growing in your mind a long while after you finish. It was a shake up I really needed. You might feel the same.

    *Also published as "At Day's Close: Night in Times Past" for "reasons."
    8 answers 7 days ago Books & Authors
  • How did the German children treat the Jews in the holocaust?

    18 answers 7 days ago History
  • What did people do for fun in the 1940s?

    Best answer: Movies were very popular. I went to the Saturday matinee every week as a kid i the 40's. In the Late 40's we would go to dances with big bands. IN high school we had parties without drinking but with dancing. We would get white lighting whiskey and have it out in my car at school dances and go have a drink during breaks. We would go bowling and play lots of sports after school sandlot sports no leagues kids today but we played basketball, football and baseball on makeshift fields after school. In the early 40's we played games like capture the flag. Since we always were playing outside very few people were obese. For indoors as little kids we played monopoly and cards and my father taught us how to play chess. We listened to the radio and were allowed to listen to an hour of our own programs which included The Lone Ranger, Superman and Captain Midnight and I still have my Captain Midnight cup. I built model airplanes and ships. My father would play records for us to learn about music and he played classical and opera and some show tunes by George Gershwin but I would hear pop music around outside on the radio Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and the big bands Benny Goodman and Glen Miller which was the most popular band at high school parties "In the Mood" was the favorite song. Nat King Cole was very Popular Too Young and Nature Boy. I would also hear early R&B from the black radio stations across the river in Washington DC and loved it. My brother liked Hank Williams. Since I had a job caddying at the Country Club I learned to play golf by playing on Caddy Day. We ice skated out of doors and roller skated in the streets with skates you strapped onto your shoes. We ice skated when the pond froze over. When we got older we went to the skating rink to roller skate to music. would also play the pinball machine at the drug store where the owner whose son I was friends with let us scrape out the empty tubs of ice cream. We loved to get real ice cream sodas and malted milks made at the soda fountain. We played marbles and would play flip cards with baseball cards that came with bubble gum and we played step ball and a baseball gave with a tennis ball cut in half and a broom stick for a bat. The boys even joined the girls in their games of hop scotch when we were smaller kids. When it snowed we sledded out of doors climbing the big hill to the top of the reservoir and sledding down the hill to the street where we had to watch out for cars. In Fairmount Park in Philadelphia where I lived from 42 til 45 there was an amusement park which could be reached by park trolley. We would go on the rides at the park. There were ice cream parlors along the street across from the park and they had real ice cream that was made fresh ea