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May 25 2015 8:08 AM

Why Wasn’t Big Ben Bombed During World War II?

Answer by Carter Moore:

Luck. Sheer luck.

At the time of the Blitz, the Germans, like every air power, did not have the ability to specifically target key buildings through high-altitude bombing raids, which were themselves necessary to hit valuable targets in order to avoid intense anti-aircraft fire. That combination of factors resulted in the reliance on city-flattening, strategic bombing raids: Just drop a bunch of bombs from where the guys on the ground can't hit you and hope for the best.

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May 24 2015 7:10 AM

Why Is The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan So Reviled?

Answer by Cristina Hartmann,

I present to you the defense of Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby.

The common wisdom says that she's a shallow, vapid bitch who spurned the ever-loyal Gatsby for the equally detestable Tom. Oh, she's a criminal to boot!

May 23 2015 7:33 AM

Why Is the Space Jam Soundtrack So Good?

Answer by Aaron Ellis, screenwriter:

I figured that this would be a good time to look at a basketball movie with an epic soundtrack, arguably one of the best ever among sports films and kids movies: Space Jam.

May 22 2015 7:25 AM

How Do You Raise Well-Behaved Children?

Answer by Joyce Fetteroll, electrical engineer and unschooling mom:

It depends whether you want a child who acts well-behaved or a child who makes thoughtful choices on how to behave.

The first is relatively easy. When a child misbehaves, choose your favorite form of punishment. Repeat. The downside is the kids may not behave when the parent isn't around. It also has a high failure rate with strong-willed kids. The greater the parents' control, the more likely it will result in damaged relationships and rebellion during the teen years.

May 21 2015 7:40 AM

What Is Utilitarianism?

Answer by Peter Singer, philosopher, author:

Utilitarianism says that we should always do what will have the best consequences for all those affected by our actions. “Best consequences” generally refers to well-being, in some sense, although utilitarians differ on whether this means happiness and the reduction of suffering or something like the satisfaction of preferences.

May 20 2015 3:18 PM

Why Don’t More Entrepreneurs Focus on Solving World Hunger?

Answer by Jon Davis, writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs:

A gun cannot solve the problems of a hammer, nor can a hammer heal a child's hunger.

May 19 2015 7:11 AM

What’s It Like to Work as a Dominatrix?

Answer by Dirk Hooper, fine art fetish photographer, BDSM mentor, and journalist for the BDSM community:

I've been a proud member of the BDSM community for more than 20 years. I've served as a full-time slave to two professional dominatrixes (lived with one of them). My best friend is a professional dominatrix, and I've done either professional photography, Web design or marketing for dozens of other professional and lifestyle dominatrixes.

May 17 2015 7:31 AM

Was Tywin Lannister an Evil Man?

Answer by Michael O. Church:

Yes, sort of.

I think that understanding the Game of Thrones world requires separating those whodo evil from those who are evil. There are multiple layers to everything. Jon Snow is closest to a hero, but a rule-breaker in a world where the first notable action of the epitome of good (Ned Stark) is to execute a deserter. Daenerys has some noble ideas, but she burned a woman alive in order to birth living war machines (dragons). Catelyn Stark describes smallfolk (peasants) as “useless mouths,” and Jaime Lannister's most infamous act was one that saved King's Landing and the lives of everyone in it. Tywin Lannister does quite a lot of evil (he's far less likable in the books). Is he evil, as opposed to merely being one who does evil? Is that even a useful question? I'm not sure that it is.

May 15 2015 12:47 PM

What Was the Greatest Empire in World History?

Answer by Balaji Viswanathan, history buff:

The Mongols would be my top choice. They have done some extraordinary things that have never been done before and never been done since. Within decades they built a random region literally in the middle of nowhere to become an invincible superpower. Would you be surprised if I told you that they were also great engineers and extremely good learners who changed world more than any other superpower?

May 14 2015 7:38 AM

Who Would Win in a Fight Between Jaime Lannister and Khal Drogo?

Answer by Joe Pepersack, big data/dev ops architect:

Jaime Lannister. 

In Game of Thrones, Westerosi knights wear full-plate armor, often carry shields, and use heavy piercing weapons designed to defeat said armor. Their equipment and fighting style are geared around frontal assaults.