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A.D. 2050



Loose bits of history


Potatoes and the Irish...

Irish Travellers — an ancient race, although majority opinion disputes that...

• What happened at World Trade Center 7?...

• George W. Bush was not elected in 2000....

Kfar Darom, a strange sort of raid — Gaza Strip, August 2005...

• Between Catholic and Protestant on Continental Europe, a conceptual borderline almost exactly where the Romans established it....

• "The Truth" — a church without origin, and the man who started it...

• "Motte and bailey," the Norman proto-castle...

John Paul II in The Netherlands, 1985 — the traveling Pope's worst adventure...

Friesland, the originally-populated region of The Netherlands...

• "Nieuwe Spelling," a government-mandated Dutch-language orthography...

• The accidental American WWII bombing of Nijmegen, the Netherlands...

Irish Catholicism is integral to the national identity....

U.S. troops kill three journalists in one day — April 2003 Baghdad...

• The English language is "simplified French" according to one Dutch person's historiography....

• The Anglo-Normans in Ireland: Vikings twice-removed...

Cerball MacDunlainge, King of Ossory (Ireland,) skilled in Viking interaction...

Alice Kyteler, convicted of witchcraft in medieval Ireland...

Polders — keeping the Netherlands dry...

• It's possible that Jesus didn't exist....

• Albert Delahaye, a Nijmegen (The Netherlands) archivist, didn't believe that Charlemagne kept a palace there....

Dorestad, lost mediaeval city in The Netherlands...