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Maine Constitution Prohibits Printing of Maine Constitution

by Ken Arnold on Thu 4 June 2015

Parts of it anyway. Including, it just so happens, the parts that cover its obligations to Native American tribes and their treaties. In 1875, Maine amended it’s constitution, adding Article X, Section 7, which prohibited printing Article X, Sections 1, 2, and 5. They would still be in effect, don’t worry, but we no longer […]

Princess Pride

by Ken Arnold on Mon 21 October 2013

This is making the rounds today: The body in an Etruscan tomb that had a spear turns out to gave been a woman. Also, the other body with the jewelry turns out to have been a man. A bit of background: The Etruscans were the major civilization on the Italian peninsula preceding the Romans. The […]

First Powered Flight: Gustave Whitehead

by Ken Arnold on Tue 19 March 2013

Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft (a premier source) has accepted that the first powered heavier-than-air flight was by Gustave Whitehead in 1901. The Wright brothers were filers-come-latelies in 1903. In the early hours of 14 August 1901, the Condor propelled itself along the darkened streets of Bridgeport, Connecticut, with Whitehead, his staff and an invited guest […]

Monday Quote

by Ken Arnold on Mon 18 March 2013

… But if we laugh with derision, we will never understand.  Human intellectual capacity has not altered for thousands of years so far as we can tell. If intelligent people invested intense energy in issues that now seem foolish to us, then the failure lies in our understanding of their world, not in their distorted perceptions. Even the standard example of […]

Indian mathematics: Aryabhata

by Ken Arnold on Wed 20 February 2013

Today’s google doodle is on Copernicus, who is credited with first proposing that the Earth moves around the Sun. Someone commenting on this claimed that Aryabhata had come up with the idea long before in India. I know that India had advanced math and astronomy for its time, and was the place where many advances were […]