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Halloween Traditions

Halloween has lots of fascinating traditions. For many of these traditions, their origins are just as remarkable as the practices themselves. Today, we’ll take a look at the heritage behind our favorite Halloween customs. The Jack O’Lantern During October, Jack O’Lanterns...
On Halloween night, kids all over the United States will dress up as their favorite monsters, movie characters, and superheroes. Then, these children will walk through their neighborhoods, knocking on doors and receiving candy in return. This practice, called...
In Evergreen Cemetery, which sits in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, there is a grave marker that belongs to the grave of Mary E. Hart, who was born in 1824 and died in 1872. There is nothing remarkable about this...
Halloween is just around the corner, so monsters, ghosts, and all manner of supernatural occurrences are on the minds of many. Some believe that Halloween is a time when spirits can more easily communicate with the living. To that...
A flood of beer sounds like it could be a dream come true for the millions of people who enjoy the alcoholic beverage. It also sounds like a dream is all it ever could be. But just such a...
The Vikings are well-known for their warlike nature. It is no wonder then that images of a Viking feast often contain large platters of roasted meat and mugs of some strong alcoholic beverage, with little else as an accompaniment...
On August 23, 1912, the Dunbars, a wealthy family from Opelousas, Louisiana, went on a fishing trip to Swayze Lake, also in Louisiana. The small family group consisted of Percy and Lessie Dunbar and their two young children, Alonzo...
From late 17th-century Scotland comes one of the strangest stories of witchcraft to emerge out of that period. Most people who were convicted and executed for the crime of witchcraft had to have their confessions tortured or bullied out...
Vending machines are a part of everyday life for most people. They can be found just about everywhere, from offices to schools to rest stops on the side of the highway. With the vending machines of today dispensing everything...
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is one of the most mysterious places on earth. The tiny, isolated island, with a total area of only 64 square miles and over 1100 miles away from any other inhabited area,...
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