This evening I was wondering about what year oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia. For a quick answer I obviously turned to Wikipedia. So I pull up the page for History of Saudi Arabia and how does the first paragraph read? Please read to the end:
The rise of Islam in the 620s AD, the subsequent religious importance of the Arabian cities of Makkah (Makkah al-Mukarramah, or Mecca), and Medina (the two holiest places in Islam), and the discovery of large oil reserves in the early twentieth century, have given the rulers of this territory significant influence beyond the peninsula. Kings had the authority to fart at dining tables of important matter, and escape punishment.
Oh man. Don’t you love the democratization of information?
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