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Speed and Thunder

Famous Horses
Humankind thrills in speed and loves nothing better than to harness that speed for a brief immersion in adrenaline-pumping excitement characterized by pounding hearts and the rush of wind. Hence we still found ourselves screaming with delight on rollercoasters, cheering for our favorite drivers in motorized races, and gaping in awe when fighter jets whiz overhead at blinding speed.

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Spring Harvest

With winter stores consumed, spring traditionally served as a time of hunger. In pre-industrial societies that didn’t enjoy tropical weather and year-round harvests, spring brought both hope and hardship. People planted and hoped and ate the young, tender meat of newly born livestock until summer’s harvest yielded much-needed vegetables.

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Making the Horrific Palatable

Children Story Classics
Set to  music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892, the adaptation of an adaptation of a children’s story written in 1816 by Prussian author Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann has become a perennial Christmastime classic.

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Games Our Parents Played:

An Odyssey of Names
Decades after our births, when we introduce ourselves to strangers or unconsciously doodle nicknames in the margins of notebooks, our names and how we represent them take hold. They can be austere and religious or playful and delicate, but names, and the associations we have with our names, shape our identities.

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Money-Dancing and Broom-Jumping

It’s a Wedding!
Eternal bliss and merriment, sanctity and partnership, familial and personal love: they’re all represented when newlyweds speak their vows. Brides wear beautiful gowns, rings are exchanged, and a kiss seals forever the bond between husband and wife.

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The Blues

From Margins to Stardom
While the United States of America is relatively new nation (there are hundreds of societies that have enjoyed artistic, linguistic, and musical accomplishment centuries before America was established), the proliferation of American music across the globe is clear in the style, attitude, and culture seen and heard in international news, radio, and television.

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Scouting Across the Pond

Girl scouts and Boyscouts
American politicians, international dignitaries, celebrities, artists, and world-renowned athletes share a common distinction: they acknowledge that their successes are in part due to the transformative youth groups of which they were once, and always, members. More than tying knots, pitching tents, selling cookies, and rowing kayaks, The Boy Scouts of America and The Girl Scouts of the United States provide millions of children with the necessary tools and practicality to become world leaders.

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Basketball

From Passing the Time to an International Pastime
The season of March Madness is starting in the U.S.. One can already hear the drumming of leather against wooden floors, the squeaking of sneakers stopping on a dime, the heartbreaking rattle of missed shots as the clock winds down. Brackets are filled and refilled, buzzers sound, and millions of students, fans, and general spectators watch and cheer college and university teams.

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A Quick Fix

Vintage Cocktails
When ordering a cocktail, the bartender may ask you to “pick your poison.” Ironically, the origins of many alcoholic beverages are rooted in medicine rather than toxic substances.

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Animal Magnetism

Pets in the Arts and Sciences
People have enjoyed the companionship of animals since ancient times. In the earliest days, humans kept animals strictly for utility. The word “pet” was first used in 1508 to describe an animal kept for pleasure. Linguistics experts believe that it emerged from the word “petty” (small).

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Coming of Age

Cultural Traditions
Many cultures around the globe have coming-of-age ceremonies, which mark a person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. The ages, rituals, and ceremonies vary from culture to culture.  

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Democratic Design

In recent years, architects, fashion designers, interior designers, and retailers have used the term “democratic design” to define quality designs that are affordable and accessible to mainstream consumers. 

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Tea Time

Having a cup of tea is a daily ritual for many people around the world. This soothing beverage can be enjoyed solo or shared with friends over conversation. Setting aside some leisure time for tea can be like going into an adult “time out.” Relaxation reigns—even if it’s only for fifteen minutes.

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A Modern Look at Primitive Art

"The dust of bones, primitive weapons, coal, and buried wood—the old human as well as solar energy—come down to us tangled like roots in the fermentation of the dampness under the earth." So begins Elie Faure's epic five-part translation of the History of Art from ancient times to the early 20th century.

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Three Important War Correspondents

Natural diamonds are formed under high pressure and temperature. In the same regard, great expression and acts of human courage and talent often emerge from desperate, high pressure situations. A look back at some of the first female war correspondents shows they formed their own diamond-like sheen under some of the roughest pressures.

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Best Witches of All Time

In the good old days of serfdom, papal supremacy, the waning black plague, unhinged superstitions, and blood-letting, there were witches. They were women—perhaps devil worshippers or maybe just misunderstood gardeners with a penchant for herb cultivation—who were hunted, persecuted, and burned at the stake by the thousands all across Europe and America up until as late as the 18th century.

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Timeless Drama of Love Poems

Love. Does it change over time, over country borderlines, across generations and cultures? Or is it the one all-encompassing trait of humanity? If it doesn't change, is there a simple cipher we can use to access old love poetry?

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Emma Goldman

Grace in Anarchy
She was once called "the most dangerous woman in America." Detractors claimed that she was strictly a proponent of politically-charged violence and revolution. Others might know her by her 1970's sloganized phrase, "If I can't dance, then I don't want this revolution." Still others know little more about her than vague, anarchist stereotypes or by her relationship with Alexander Berkman, a contemporary anarchist who attempted to assassinate President William McKinley.

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History of Birthstones

Many people have heard of birthstones, the gemstones correlating to the month of one’s birth date. Most people don’t know where the custom originated. As with many ancient customs, birthstones align with religious traditions.

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Impressions of India

Accounts from Missionaries
The conquering and subjugation of any nation by another takes place on three fronts: military, religious, and cultural. India’s importance to the British Empire hinged on British rule of the country. Not only did England overpower the country by means of warfare, but it imposed laws and its religion upon India.

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