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Jan. 26 2015 7:29 AM

Why Did Josef Mengele Misuse His Medical Knowledge During the Holocaust?


Answer by Kiel Majewski, executive director, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the only organization dedicated to the memory of the twin victims and survivors of medical experimentation at Auschwitz:



In my analysis of Josef Mengele, which I and my colleagues performed in the course of developing an exhibit about him, I can see three main reasons why Mengele "misused his knowledge," as the question says.


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Jan. 25 2015 7:11 AM

How Can I Get My Cat to Like Me More?

Answer by Madalyn Zimbric, graduate student at University of Michigan and aspiring cat lady:

Many people have trouble with their cats because they don't understand or speak cat language. It's kind of like an English speaker attempting Mandarin but not knowing about tones. You're attempting to say “Hi! I really like you! Let's be friends.” But in Cat what you're saying is “Hey, you jerk. You'd better stay away or I'll kick your ass.”

Jan. 23 2015 7:32 AM

What Is the Typical Relationship Between a Japanese Married Couple?

Answer by Steve Wright, coordinator of international events at Bibai City Hall in Hokkaido, Japan:

This is a very interesting question, and I'm glad to have a chance to offer my ideas. It's been my good fortune to live in northern Japan since 1989, and I still feel as if every day is a learning experience. My bride of the last 24 years and her parents are my main models for understanding married couples here, but I have a few other close (married) friends, so I'd like to talk a little about some main issues.

Jan. 22 2015 7:44 AM

What Does It Feel Like to Cancel Your Wedding?

Answer by Tracy Wang, software engineer at Google:

It's been more than two years since I canceled my wedding, and I think it was the best decision I could have ever made in my life. Both of us are way better off. It was a complicated situation, but I can recall exactly what it felt like to cancel the wedding chronologically:

Relief: I had been debating it for a long time; I even talked to my ex-fiancé about it, and my gut was telling me to leave, but logically, I felt like the problem was not insurmountable. Fact is, just understanding the problem was profoundly difficult and confusing (because the problem involved family who had their own serious problems).

Jan. 15 2015 7:17 AM

Why Are the Middle Ages Often Characterized as Dark or Less Civilized?

Answer by Tim O'Neill, M.A. in medieval literature and have studied most aspects of the period for many years:

It's clear that there was a collapse in learning and much technical capacity as a result of the fragmentation and chaos that followed the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe. In places such as southern Gaul or northern Spain, this collapse was a slow decline over several hundred years. In others, such as Britain, it was much more sudden and catastrophic. Modern surveys of archaeological and documentary evidence, such as those summarized by Bryan Ward-Perkins in The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization show that this means a clear decline in material culture and technical capacity between the later Roman era and the seventh century.

Jan. 14 2015 7:57 AM

What Period of History Do Chinese People Most Admire?


Answer by Kaiser Kuo, dabbler in history:



Many Chinese are very admiring of the Tang (618–907), especially the years before the An Lushan Rebellion that broke out in 755.



The Kaiyuan Shengshi, the first part of the emperor Tang Minghuang (Xuanzong), who ruled from 712 to 756, was considered to be the apogee of Tang splendor. During this time the Tang capital at Chang'an was the largest city in the world, with a roughly square city wall with a perimeter of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a population of more than 1 million. It was an extremely cosmopolitan city, sitting as it did at the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, and people from all over the known world of the day could be found there. There were Nestorian Christians, Manicheans, some Arab Muslims, Indian Buddhists, and even some Jews living in Chang'an. You could encounter Central Asians from as far west as Persia to the easternmost reaches of the steppe corridor, Japanese, Koreans, Malays and more in the great markets.


Jan. 11 2015 7:24 AM

How Do I Become a Faster Runner?

Answer by Steven Walling, product manager:

Mechanically, there are only two ways to run faster: Increase the length of your stride, or increase your number of steps. That's really it. The hard part is doing this correctly. To accomplish both of these things you need:

Jan. 9 2015 7:17 AM

What’s the Difference Between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment?

Answer by Kaiser Kuo, dabbler in history:

The Renaissance was a cultural and intellectual movement that peaked during the 15th and 16th centuries, though most historians would agree that it really began in the 14th, with antecedents reaching back into the 12th, and really didn't end until the 17th. Its chief feature was a heightened interest, to near obsession, with classical (that is, Greco-Roman) learning and culture, much of which had gone into eclipse, at least in Western Europe, during the early Middle Ages.

Jan. 7 2015 7:21 AM

How Does a Transgender Woman Shop for Clothes in Stores?


Answer by Tamara Wiens, I am happy now:


Being transgender can present some particular challenges when shopping for clothes, particularly when first starting. In general, I would say that, unless you are in a jurisdiction that has laws and penalties for being in the "wrong" bathroom, change room, etc., just do it. If you are in a situation where you are going to transition to full time, you need to start doing it sooner or later, and as others have said, it can still be nerve-wracking after you are full time. And if you plan on ever going out in public "en femme," even without transitioning, the same argument applies.


Jan. 6 2015 7:21 AM

Are Shakespeare’s Characters the Most Interesting and Universal?

Answer by Joshua Engel, director and actor, The Rude Mechanicals:

Well, here's a slightly weird perspective on the question: I don't think Shakespeare's characters are all that great.

Recently I was talking with some fellow actors after a rehearsal of Julius Caesar. My co-star in the show was quite livid about King Lear. She finds Lear totally unsympathetic and has no interest in the play. She would much rather see Henry IV Part 1 for a better treatment of the same themes.