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How Did Building Churches with Egg Whites Influence Filipino Desserts?

The Spaniards colonized the Philippines for over three centuries. When settlements were made, stone buildings were erected. Aside from the evident influence in architectural design, what construction technology was applied? The massive church buildings made during the Spanish Colonial Period used egg whites to reinforce the strength of the building. Recipes for Filipino desserts use …

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Did the Idea of Vampires Originate from Bloodsucking Bats?

The whole concept of vampires didn’t start with Count Dracula. In fact, they have been around for several years. But were bats the inspiration for vampires? Bats did not inspire vampires. The earliest vampire stories started in Europe by the 12th century. While bloodsucking bats were only discovered in the 16th century and were only …

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How Did Latin Help a Reporter Break the Story of Pope Benedict’s Resignation?

We always hear the phrase Latin is dead. While it is true that Latin is now considered a dead language, it is still used today. But how did knowing Latin help a reporter get the scoop on Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation? Pope Benedict XVI resigned in February 2013. He announced his resignation in Latin. While all the …

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The earliest depiction of Jesus was mocking graffiti carved into marble by a mischievous student to tease another student named Alexamenos, who was apparently a devout Christian. Jesus is drawn with the head of a donkey, because Romans believed Jews worshipped Donkeys.

The Earliest Depiction of Jesus Was a Mocking Tribute to Christianity In the Palatine museum in Rome there is a collection of ancient graffiti etched on slabs of marble and limestone that once defaced the walls of palaces and public buildings across the Roman Empire. Among these is one that historians call “Alexamenos graffito”. It …

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There is no physical description of Jesus Christ in the Bible. All current evidence and portrayals of his appearance are based on cultural settings, political settings and theological contexts.

The Ongoing Mystery of Jesus’s Face For centuries, the most common image of Jesus Christ, at least in Western cultures, has been that of a bearded, fair-skinned man with long, wavy, light brown or blond hair and (often) blue eyes. But the Bible doesn’t describe Jesus physically, and all the evidence we do have indicates …

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Winchester Cathedral was built on marsh and was on the verge of collapse as it sunk into the earth. A diver named William Walker worked alone in pitch-black water for five years, eventually putting down 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks to save its foundation.

Saving the Cathedral A century ago, Winchester Cathedral was saved by the heroic work of William Walker, a diver who worked tirelessly to shore up the historic foundations and preserve one of England’s greatest buildings. The story goes back to 1905 when experts discovered that parts of Winchester Cathedral were under serious threat of collapse. …

Winchester Cathedral was built on marsh and was on the verge of collapse as it sunk into the earth. A diver named William Walker worked alone in pitch-black water for five years, eventually putting down 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks to save its foundation. Read More »