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Stuart Smith commented on Arthur Wright's answer
I'd be surprised... WWII killed about 70 million I think, at a time when the world population was over 2 billion. Tamerlane's conquests killed about 17 million, but he lived in the year Thirteen Hundred and Something, so I think those deaths would have represented a much larger fraction of the total population. And I … Read more
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Stuart Smith thanked Adam Groom's answer

I think the biggest confidence killer comes from worrying about what other people think.

Trust your instincts and be yourself, and be proud of who your are. Some people will like you and some won't, it's important not to let yourself be shaped by how you think others perceive you, and while you are pausing to … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

Among other things, Alexander the Great conquered the Achaemenid Empire - which, at its height, had controlled more than 40% of the world's population.

Although Alexander conquered it, he was a big fan of its founder, Cyrus the Great (in fact, when Cyrus' tomb was vandalised, it was Alexander who ordered its restoration).

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Stuart Smith answered

This sometimes happens when people use a web-based service like Yahoo or Gmail, but set it up so the e-mails also go to their phone or their PC.

Usually, the default setting is that, once the e-mail has been downloaded to a device, it gets deleted from the server. The assumption is that e-mails can be … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

You will pay an average of $184.38 a week.

There are different numbers of weeks per calendar month, so I multiplied your monthly rent by twelve (to determine how much you pay over the course of a single year) and divided it by the number of weeks in the same period.

Because some months are longer than … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

My first question is, what do you mean by "high"?

For instance, a "high" reading could be one that suggests you've taken methamphetamine yourself.  Lower readings on hair follicle tests can reflect passive exposure (i.e., someone else taking the drug nearby) rather than personal use.

If that's what you're worried about, then I'm afraid this is indeed … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered Yo Kass' question

I agree that home is probably the best place for writing  :o)

If I had to go away, I would rent one of the Landmark Trust properties.  The Landmark Trust is a UK charity that restores historical buildings and then rents them out to holiday makers, generating funds to do more restorations.  They have hundreds of … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

There are lots of interesting facts about the white-faced capuchin, which is also known as the white-headed or white-throated capuchin (Cebus capucinus).

The white-faced capuchin is native to the forests of Central America.  Although a fully-grown one weighs less than ten pounds, it can live for over fifty years.

Cebus capucinus is one of the most intelligent … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

You can't make yourself shorter, but 180 cm is nothing to be self-conscious about!  You're about the same height as celebrities like Liv Tyler, Minnie Driver, and Kate Middleton (all 178 cm).

Everyone's different, and some of us stop growing very early or quite late - but many sources (see below) say that girls usually stop … Read more

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Stuart Smith answered

Melissa is an ancient Greek name that comes from melli, "honey".  Like many classical names, it's used internationally with slight variations.  The main difference in French is that you would usually write it with an acute accent over the letter "e" ("Mélissa").

If you watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWTNj8Vej5w, you will hear how the French DJ … Read more