Why Do We Use Ice in Drinks?
  • 31 December 2020
The history of chilled drinks goes back to antiquity. But it was the innovative “frozen...
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Donald Trump Most Admired Man in 2020 Gallup Poll
  • 29 December 2020
In addition to public figures named, 11% of Americans identified a relative or friend as...
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Sorry, There Were No Animals in the Bible’s Nativity Scene
  • 23 December 2020
Animals are commonly found in creche sets, but surprisingly, not in the Bible.
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What History Really Tells Us About the Birth of Jesus
  • 23 December 2020
Those nativity plays in which your adorable children wear tinsel and angel wings bear little...
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The Borrowed Customs and Traditions of Christmas Celebrations
  • 21 December 2020
While Christmas is ostensibly a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus, many of the...
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The Origins of Christmas Decorations: Decking the Halls of History
  • 18 December 2020
The idea of hanging up decorations in the middle of winter is older than Christmas...
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The History of Candy Canes and Why They Taste So Cool
  • 18 December 2020
Candy canes were once white sticks of sugar. Now candy canes are striped and come...
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Why the Puritans Cracked Down on Celebrating Christmas
  • 17 December 2020
When the alleged “War on Christmas” heats up, remember the Puritans first discouraged Yuletide festivities...
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Gift-Giving Taboos That Aren’t as Bad as You Think
  • 14 December 2020
Behavioral science research shows that gifts that may seem “taboo” to givers might actually be...
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How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It
  • 23 November 2020
Although few appreciate it, advertisers have shaped the Thanksgiving meal as much as family tradition.
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Batmen and Unicorns: Inside the Original Moon Hoax
  • 18 November 2020
The Great Moon Hoax refers to six articles in the New York Sun headlined “Great...
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When Christmas Was Cancelled: A Lesson from History
  • 13 November 2020
The prospect of a Christmas without large-scale celebrations is preying on people's minds.
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