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This appears to be a folk tale with little contemporary evidence of the event actually happening, but the tale itself does seem to date to the 15th century. According to Volume 17 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, the tale is told in a few ways: MACAIRE, a French chanson de geste. Macaire (12th century) and La reine Sibille (14th century) are two ...


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A book, The 14th Century, seems to back the claim up somewhat, but places the duel earlier than 1400, during the reign of Charles V of France, which was from 1364 until his death in 1380. The book in question, which is available from the Library of Princeton University, gives greater details and was written in 1869. The relevant portion is reproduced here ...


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According to The micropenis and the giant clitoris Salon 12 December 1999: In Baltimore, intersexual Kiira Triea, 35, claims her genitalia "look like crap" because doctors treated her like an "exotic lab rat." Born with in-between organs, she was raised as a boy until doctors decided to feminize her at puberty. To accomplish this, they hacked off her ...


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The US is cumulatively responsible for more CO2 emissions than any other single country. US was responsible for 27% of 1850-2011 emissions according to the World Resources Institute. The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory maintains a data set that goes back to 1751, but not for every country does it ...


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Several new demonstrations since the answers above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBxdTkddHaE A bodkin point, shot from a 160-lb draw weight longbow, goes right through chainmail. None of them, however, do more than dent the breastplate. And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqkiKjBQe7U Shows an arrow penetrating 32 layers of linen, and another ...


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As for the first two incidents, those were not things that happened while Columbus was alive. They are detailed, nearly word for word, in Bartolome de las Casa's A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies (see below). I also affirm that I saw with these Eyes of mine the Spaniards for no other reason, but only to gratifie their bloody mindedness, ...


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