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Why Was Billy Idol’s Cover of Mony Mony Banned at High School Dances in the United States?

Billy Idol was one of the most iconic artists who pioneered punk music in the late seventies. He is credited for many classic songs like White Wedding and Mony Mony. But why was the song Mony Mony forbidden to be played in High School Dances in the US? Billy Idol’s version of “Mony Mony” was …

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Why Do Buddhists Create Sand Mandalas?

A sand mandala is a pattern made from colorful sand that is destroyed as part of a Tibetan Buddhist ritual. But what could be the history and purpose behind the ritual? Tibetan Buddhists create sand mandalas only to destroy them after a particular ritual. This represents the concept that nothing lasts forever and is meant …

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Who was the First Reigning Monarch to Circumnavigate the World?

The Merrie Monarch King Kalākaua was known for his flamboyant and fun-loving ways. He was the last king of Hawaii before it became part of the US. But did you know he was a pioneer for something quite unexpected? King Kalākaua was the last king of the Hawaiian kingdom and the first reigning monarch to …

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The language spoken in Wakanda is Xhosa, an official language of South Africa and Zimbabwe and that John Kani who played King T’Chaka is a native speaker

‘Avengers: Infinity War’: What Are the Wakandan Soldier’s Chanting in New Footage? Marvel Studios released a new television spot for the highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War today. The spot contained a ton of new footage with a particularly focus on Wakanda, complete with T’Challa and the Wakandan forces chanting before charging into action. In the new …

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In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today.

Hocus-pocus What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Hocus-pocus’? From the early 17th century onwards ‘hocus pocus’ (now more often spelled as a single hyphenated word) has been used as an incantation by conjurers when performing tricks. Conjurers didn’t limit themselves to the phrase hocus pocus in their stage patter. The first [feature that juggling consists …

In the middle ages Christian priests would recite “hoc est corpus”, meaning “this is the body”, during mass when turning bread into the body of Christ. Since nobody spoke or understood Latin, this chant was garbled into “hocus pocus”, which we still use when performing magic tricks today. Read More »