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    Media (and history) has mis-represented gladiators

    There were several types of gladiators, classified according to the type of armor and weapons they bore. Different styles of fighting called for different physical types. The heavily-armed Samnites needed to be muscular to handle the weight of their armor, but the retiarii, who wore no armor...
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    What Are You Happy About Today? Part 3

    My wife and I had a dance lesson today: tango. This is the first time we've been able to dance a tango together since her hip replacement a year ago. It felt great.
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    Who is and isn't worthy of a hospital bed/medical care.

    There's at least one. In the online archive of the Journal of the American Medical Association for January 2013, there's a study by Flegal et al. on mortality rates for people with different Body Mass Indexes. It's actually a meta-study, based on an analysis of over 700 studies on the subject...
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    I'll go along with Karl Marx on this: "From each according to (his/her) ability, to each according to (his/her) needs."
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    Plus Size Parenting

    I have wondered how to teach healthy eating. Is it even possible? Children watch TV and are bombarded with ads for candy, soda, and fast food. How do you say, "we don't eat those things" when all the other children they know DO eat those things?
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    Things to do/participate in during self-quarantine

    That blanket is beautiful!
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    Funny Pictures, Cartoons, and Memes Thread

    Mark Twain wrote: "Only in German can a neuter maiden gaze at a masculine moon on a feminine night."
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    Things to do/participate in during self-quarantine

    I think I know why you have the best neighbors ever.
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    Things to do/participate in during self-quarantine

    Your son may be a potential Zen master.
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    Things to do/participate in during self-quarantine

    I'm curious: do you, being fluent in Spanish, find it easy to learn Portuguese? Or are the languages so similar that you find yourself slipping from one into the other without meaning to?
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    What’s your style?

    When I was teaching, I wore a three-piece suit, white or pastel solid-color shirt, bow tie, and pocket watch on a chain. And a hat: panama in summer, homburg or fedora in winter. Now that I've retired, I've gone casual: sports shirt and chinos, with a v-neck sweater in fall and winter. And...
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    Member “Random Facts” Game

    I tried to learn Irish once. Lesson number one began: "The Irish noun has two genders, masculine and feminine; these are exactly alike except where they differ." That was enough.
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    Rock and a Hard place

    What to do: put your wife and child first. As a husband and father, you have the responsibility of making whatever sacrifice you must to insure their well-being and happiness. If you are unfulfilled, it's unfortunate, but it is also a gift you can offer up to those you love most.
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    unpopular opinions thread

    It doesn't take much to be one of the best TV shows ever made. Television only exists to sell you what you don't need and don't want. This is especially true in an election year,
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    I Want to Find Someone...

    It's never too late as long as you're breathing, but I think you're handicapping yourself. What you're focusing on most is her feelings about you, and you can never be sure about what's going on in someone else's head. What you can be sure of is your own feelings, and I'd suggest you focus...
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    Travelling the world... places to be?

    I agree with you about Greece.For me, the island of Santorini has a special kind of magic (also an incredibly good local retsina that cannot be had outside Greece). And speaking of magical, that sums up my feelings about Buenos Aires. It was planned in the 19th century in imitation of Paris...
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    BBW/SSBBW dating stereotypes...

    The United States is not monocultural. Attitudes vary from group to group, social class to social class, and region to region, as well as from individual to individual. I've moved around the country a bit, and my observation has been that middle-class whites are much more focused on weight and...
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    When I was younger ....

    We had carbon paper.
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    Disposable Beds?

    Have you considered a futon? It might be more cost-effective.
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    Summer is coming

    A reminder of the transience of all things...:)