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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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Why Some Americans Don’t Believe the Election Results
  • 22 December 2020
When an unfavorable decision is very important to someone, they tend to look for flaws...
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What a Mutating Coronavirus Means for Vaccine Effectiveness
  • 22 December 2020
If a new version of the virus is here to stay, as it appears to...
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Brandy Vaughan Died of Natural Causes, Say Police
  • 22 December 2020
Brandy Vaughan, the founder of the anti-vaccination group Learn the Risk, died at age 45...
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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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Salt Doesn’t Melt Ice – Here’s How It Actually Makes Winter Streets Safe
  • 21 December 2020
Salt is a cheap and effective way to protect roads from ice due to a...
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Why Do Different Countries Have Different Electrical Outlet Plugs?
  • 21 December 2020
To understand why electric outlets aren’t all the same, you need to know how a...
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How to Reduce the Spread of Fake News – By Doing Nothing
  • 20 December 2020
It might seem counterintuitive, but the best way to react to fake news – and...
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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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