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Ancient and Medieval History / Re: Did they do that on porpoise?
« Last post by Holly on Today at 09:15:07 PM »
(groans)......

 ::)
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the thing about wine is that it is very easy to make it 'by mistake' so to speak. The surface of grapes will often have yeast present so that fermentation can take place spontaneously once the grapes are pressed to juice
Don't tell anyone but I've heard that US naval aviators aboard those irritatingly 'dry' USN warships used to make it by mixing a little grape juice with Tang and letting it sit under your sink for a week or two... of course, I wouldn't know about anything like that and no, you can't prove I was at Tailhook - I was nowhere near Las Vegas in Sept '91...

of course Dave  ;)
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Weapons and Tactics / Re: Greek fire
« Last post by Holly on Today at 08:59:56 PM »
asbestos underpants a necessary starting point methinks....
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Certainly Dave.

Anything specific you had in mind?
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Weapons and Tactics / Re: Greek fire
« Last post by Patrick Waterson on Today at 06:54:10 PM »
Very much so: I was especially impressed with the experimenters' modus operandi and general approach.
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Weapons and Tactics / Greek fire
« Last post by Erpingham on Today at 04:34:36 PM »
Courtesy of medievalists.net

https://www.academia.edu/33042318/Greek_fire_revisited_current_and_recent_research_2006_

Not a new article but interesting none the less
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Ancient and Medieval History / Re: BBC article on silphium
« Last post by Duncan Head on Today at 02:03:32 PM »
Hmmm... picking huckleberries in "America's National Parks" will get you 10 to 20 hard time in the slammer...

That apparently depends where, and how many. For instance:

Huckleberries in Glacier National Park
Visitors to Glacier can pick one quart of huckleberries per person per day. They may be collected for personal consumption only. Waterton Lakes National Park only allows hand-to-mouth picking.
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the thing about wine is that it is very easy to make it 'by mistake' so to speak. The surface of grapes will often have yeast present so that fermentation can take place spontaneously once the grapes are pressed to juice
Don't tell anyone but I've heard that US naval aviators aboard those irritatingly 'dry' USN warships used to make it by mixing a little grape juice with Tang and letting it sit under your sink for a week or two... of course, I wouldn't know about anything like that and no, you can't prove I was at Tailhook - I was nowhere near Las Vegas in Sept '91...
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Ancient and Medieval History / Re: BBC article on silphium
« Last post by Dave Beatty on Today at 01:40:27 PM »
Hmmm... picking huckleberries in "America's National Parks" will get you 10 to 20 hard time in the slammer... just sayin... the author has confused National Parks with National Forest - it is mostly legal to collect stuff from the latter but not the former.
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