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No. It is a complete invention of an urban myth. Unless anybody produces a Royal Navy document that even does any mention of this influence of Coriolis effect, this seems to be just untrue. A complete fabrication for a good story – good for teaching physics but very bad history. It seems to be an annoying urban myth. The Coriolis effect is present and ...


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I'd like to note that this answer contains mentions of particular instances of cannibalism, and while no unnecessary details have been included, it may still be upsetting to some people. Yes, undoubtedly so. Stories of cannibalism by Japanese troops has been presented by both Japanese soldiers and prisoners they captured. Various members of the Indian ...


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There are several points to consider here. 1) Depleted Uranium is not that much "depleted". "Depleted uranium," the byproduct of the enrichment process, has about 0.002 percent 234U, 0.2 percent 235U and 99.8 percent 238U, and about 60 percent of natural uranium's radioactivity. -- U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, emphasis mine. 2) Uranium is ...


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Check out this paper: Cancer mortality in Serbia, 1991–2015, published in 2018. The study is based on official data on cancer-related deaths. The conclusions drawn by the authors are: Overall cancer mortality rate (ASR - age-standartized rate) increased between 1991 and 2009 by 0.8-0.9% per year. After 2009, the trend changed to decline, again by 0.9% per ...


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Rudolph Verner, the gunnery officer of the Inflexible, which took part in the battle, wrote a short set of notes about the successes and difficulties encountered during the engagement. He writes Deflection caused considerable difficulty, and on two occasions one gun fired some five or six consecutive rounds nearly a ship's length astern of the target. ...


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According to the CDC (Table 18) in 2013 there were 33,636 deaths due to firearms, of which 21,175 were suicides. That leaves 12,461 (of which 281 were "undetermined", so could have been suicide). 12,461 deaths per year is 34.1 per day. At that rate reaching 2,501 would take 74 days, which was March 15th. The WaPo article claims that for this year the date ...


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Yes, we have a number of reasons for believing the idea that it was an accident, based on Luftwaffe bombing patterns, the raid itself, and Hermann Göring's orders. The Luftwaffe was not trying to destroy London. Since the middle of 1940, the Luftwaffe had been trying to destroy the Royal Air Force, in preparating for the planned Operation Sea Lion, to ...


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The 4 June 1942 declarations of war against Hungary, Rumania and Bulgaria were the last declarations of war by the United States. The Senate's statement on the issue is: The Constitution grants Congress the sole power to declare war. Congress has declared war on 11 occasions, including its first declaration of war with Great Britain in 1812. Congress ...


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I haven't been able to find independent verification, but APOPO does have relevant information on their website: 19,650 Landmines destroyed 88,251 UXO destroyed 23,623,426 [m2] Safe land returned to communities The Washington Post article was written two years ago in 2017, while APOPO was founded in 1997. This information is more current than ...


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This answer was written before the question underwent some drastic changes, and the title changed to essentially ask whether Russians were among those terrorists who were eliminated in the Battle of Khasham. Originally, the OP was confused about 2019 vs. 2018, and this was the problem this answer addressed. The battle in question has occurred on 7 February ...


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The US did not actually declare war on Iraq in 2002/2003, for example: The Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 was passed by Congress with Republicans voting 98% in favor in the Senate, and 97% in favor in the House. Democrats supported the joint resolution 58% and 39% in the Senate and House respectively. The ...


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Another war were France was not part of a coalition yet got a clear victory was the Pastry War against Mexico in 1838-9. French forces captured Veracruz by December 1838. General Santa Anna lost a leg during the conflict. Peace was restored in March 1839 when Mexico agreed to pay 600.000 pesos to France.


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