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Popcorn

Where Did Popcorn Come From?

Popcorn is a popular snack for moviegoers. It is known to be one of the healthiest snacks because it has a whole grain with high fiber which is closely linked to lower heart disease and even addresses other health concerns. But have you ever wondered who discovered popcorn and where did it come from? The …

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Jan Hus

What Happened to Jan Hus After He Criticized the Catholic Church?

Burning at the stake was a method of execution used in Babylonia and ancient Israel. It was later adopted in Europe and North America. This was the mode of execution used to punish disbelievers and heretics. But do you know the story of Jan Hus, and why he was burned at the stake? Jan Hus, …

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Gold

Why Did South Koreans Give Up Their Gold in 1998?

The Republic of Korea is an East Asian country that occupies the southern half of the Korean Peninsula and shares a land border with North Korea. The Yellow Sea forms its western border, while the Sea of Japan forms its eastern border. The country has a population of 51 million people. Roughly half of them …

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Mike the cat

Who Guards the Gates of the British Museum?

The British Museum is a public museum in Bloomsbury, London, dedicated to human history, art, and culture. Its permanent collection of eight million works is one of the most extensive in the world. It tells the story of human culture from its inception to the present day. The British Museum was the world’s first public …

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Iceland NYE

Why Do People From Iceland Light Candles on New Year’s Eve?

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean with the fewest people in Europe. Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city, is home to more than 65% of the country’s population. It is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea level, and its central volcanic plateau erupts almost constantly. …

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Aloha

What is the Aloha Spirit Law?

Aloha is a Hawaiian term that has several meanings. The word means love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. It is widely used as a greeting, but it has a deeper cultural and spiritual meaning for native Hawaiians. They use it to describe a force that keeps life together. But do you know what the Aloha …

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Ethiopian Calendar

How is Ethiopia’s Calendar Unique?

While we know that a calendar is used to keep track of the days. The concept behind its creation is quite remarkable. In order to keep track of the day, time periods, usually days, weeks, months, and years are given names. A date is the designation of a single, specific day in such a system. …

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sheep fighting in algeria

How is Sheep Fighting Done in Algeria?

Algeria has battled lawlessly over the years the economic struggles of their country like suppression of the state, lack of jobs for the people, and tension on borders. Having strict marshals that supervise the country, young men found a scapegoat through sheep fighting. What was it? And how was this done? Sheep fighting is not …

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Osage Orange

What is the Osage Orange?

Mammoths were hairy elephants belonging to the genus Mammuthus. They were cold-climate adapted and lived in Europe until 4,500 years ago. Both hunters and climate change wiped them out. Elephants are descended from mammoths that are no longer alive. Did you know that there is a fruit that depended on the mammoth for survival?  The …

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Nazca Lines

How Did Jim Woodman Prove His Prehistoric Hot Air Balloon Theory?

Back in the 1970s, Jim Woodman was adamant to prove that his theory on Nazca Lines was accurate. He claimed that the lines were built by an ancient form of hot air balloon. But was he correct? How was he able to prove his theory? Jim Woodman believed that the Nazca Lines were built using …

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