Walt, Tammy, and Fred.


TIL, because of last week’s QI, that one of the biggest settlements in the 10th century CE was a city called Merv, in what is now Turkmenistan.

Sure, it was perhaps first settled in the third millennium BCE, 200000 people lived there at the height of its locational powers (it was on the Silk Road), and the related archaelogical sites are providing a fascinating insight into life in centuries past, but I’m mostly delighted that the former city of Merv is quite near the present city of Mary.

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