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Slanteyedshootist wrote: »
At least they didn't have Jello and a video camera.
snake284 wrote: »
Now that's just sick.......:silly::nono::jester:
Wambli Ska wrote: »
The biggest problem with this country is that people learn more about history and behavior out of TV, the internet and movies instead of their parents and books.
On the other side history revisionism cuts both ways. In the earlier part of this century we had rose colored glasses about the history of this country. We learned that Abraham Lincoln launched this big civil war to free the slaves and of course in writing we as country, and our heroes, could do no wrong. I think this is the pendulum swinging the other way and somewhere in the middle is the truth. We did abuse the crap out of the natives and I still feel a pinch of anger when we call European colonialists "discoverers" as opposed to the truthful name of "invaders". But as we have proven time and time again, he who wins the war gets to write the book! if you ever hear the history of our war of Independence on the other side of the pond I'm sure the story is a little different...
1911fan wrote: »
Ever wonder what we used all those buffalo hides for? It's not like buffalo coats were the height of fashion.
Answer: Belts. NOT that slender strip of leather around your waist but belts to run machinery. In a water wheel powered machine shop, literally hundreds of heavy duty belts were needed to move the power from the wheel to the various machines and then make them run.
Same-same for steam.
Then, of course, there were the factories. No matter what their motive force, they needed belts to make them work and Charles Goodyear hadn't come up with Vulcanizing yet so buffalo leather filled the bill.
Without buffalo leather, the Industrial Revolution probably would have happened differently.
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