Category Archives: Iran

Boil, Fry, and Rostam

Having read this post on Tor the other day, I was inspired to look up more information on the legendary Persian hero Rostam, sometimes spelled Rustam. By searching on Google, I discovered that Rostam is also the name of a … Continue reading

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Iran to the Ends of the Earth

I’m still not entirely sure why Republicans are so anxious for a war with Iran. I mean, I think war should generally be a last resort anyway, but here I’m not even sure what the benefit would be. That’s not to … Continue reading

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Serendipity, My Dear Watson

The daily e-mail I get from Wikipedia mentioned about a week ago that the word “serendipity” was first used in a letter Horace Walpole dated 28 January 1754. The word has come to signify unintended good fortune, but where did … Continue reading

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Dice Dice Baby

While some historical games of chance have been played with all kinds of marked throwable objects, dice as we know them have been around for centuries. Millennia, even. The oldest known dice were found at an archaeological site in modern-day … Continue reading

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Also Sprach Zarathustra

For today’s historical religious figure, let’s take a trip to ancient Iran, or as it was then known, “Iwalked.” Okay, that was just a little humor. (Very little, in fact.) Actually, I’m not sure what the appropriate term would be … Continue reading

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