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    Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 19:11

Found this interesting question on another Forum and I am forwarding it here:

Quote Whether the world already knows about it or not, what is the greatest cultural contribution your country has to offer the world?
It can be a sport, cuisine, invention, or body of work.
but please NO putting only a person's name and no natural sites (Yang-tse river, Himalayas, etc.)

For the ease of future viewer's reference, please weigh in just by putting the country and then contribution.

For example, maybe:

Austria - Mozart's music

US - jazz

US - blue jeans

Australia - Oz rules football

UK - British Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks)

Greece - philosophy

Saudi Arabia - the bikini [??]

and so on.





Edited by Carcharodon - 27 Jan 2010 at 19:11
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Quote Saudi Arabia - the bikini [??]


I'm trying to figure out where you got that from, but I simply can't come up with an answer (the bikini is 100% French).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Carcharodon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 19:29
Originally posted by Styrbiorn Styrbiorn wrote:

Quote Saudi Arabia - the bikini [??]


I'm trying to figure out where you got that from, but I simply can't come up with an answer (the bikini is 100% French).


I just quoted another thread on another Forum:
http://www.historum.com/showthread.php?t=10571

And a precursor to the bikini existed already in ancient Rome, see the discussion in another thread here on AE:

http://www.allempires.net/forum/inventions-far-ahead-of-their-time_topic124272_post19297.html?KW=inventions#19297


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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:



And a precursor to the bikini existed already in ancient Rome, see the discussion in another thread here on AE:



So? The modern bikini is French. That Romans used something similar is as relevant to that as if some cavewoman had a piece of fur covering her boobies, or if a human-like species on a planet far, far away invented it 4,000,000 years ago.
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Originally posted by Styrbiorn Styrbiorn wrote:

Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:



And a precursor to the bikini existed already in ancient Rome, see the discussion in another thread here on AE:



So? The modern bikini is French. That Romans used something similar is as relevant to that as if some cavewoman had a piece of fur covering her boobies, or if a human-like species on a planet far, far away invented it 4,000,000 years ago.


Well, I just mentioned it because it came up in an earlier thread. And it is of course not impossible that the people that created the modern bikini were aware of some of even its most early precursors. And of course also in the modern world other two peaced swim suits existed before the invention of the model called the Bikini. Ideas seldom come out of a vacuum.


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Countries do not contribute a damn thing...individuals do.
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Exactly right.  Where countries/societies can take credit is in creating an environment conducive to innovation and invention.
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Well cultures is a more descriptive term, not countries. The Anglo Irish culture created a raft of talented writers - but most of them spent their lives in England, not Ireland! Can they really be 'Irish' writers, in the strict sense of the term?
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Originally posted by Styrbiorn Styrbiorn wrote:

Quote Saudi Arabia - the bikini [??]


I'm trying to figure out where you got that from, but I simply can't come up with an answer (the bikini is 100% French).
 
The bikini isn't 100% anything. At most it's only 20% if that.
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The classical log house, well known from a lot of movies from old America, were introduced there by the Swedes in the colony of New Sweden in the 17th century. Among the first others who started to use this practical piece of architecture were their Native neighbours, the Lenapes and the Susquehannocks.
 
In some old movies, in comics and in books one often hear about the white (mostly anglo american) settlers who bravely defend their log houses against attacking Native Americans. But in real life the opposite were maybe more often the case, ie it was the Natives that defended their log cabins and other settlements against marauding bands of settlers and blood thirsty militia troops. 


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I agree. Individuals do that, otherwise you have a bunch of people that contribute 0 bragging what their country has done as if they are the ones behind it.
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I feel tempted to go a bit "off-topic" with a remark about another country, namely Sweden.

Sweden is remarkable by having been once perhaps the most "warlike" state in Europe (especially during most of 17.th century, its great power epoch). For about 200 years it have been the opposite. This remark is not about moralising but stating some historical facts.

 

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Originally posted by fantasus fantasus wrote:

I feel tempted to go a bit "off-topic" with a remark about another country, namely Sweden.

Sweden is remarkable by having been once perhaps the most "warlike" state in Europe (especially during most of 17.th century, its great power epoch). For about 200 years it have been the opposite. This remark is not about moralising but stating some historical facts.

 

 
Yes, its a rather interesting shift. At least it proves that it is possible to go from war to peace.
 
One can perhaps say that this is also an important Swedish contribution to the world, an example that shows that peace actually can be possible.


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Bikini and Bin Laden.  Bin Laden in a Bikini!

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