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Getting Educated (trivia) -- Deanna Mascle
1. In 1949, following the Communists' victory in the civil war between Communists and Nationalists, the Common Program establishes the right of all citizens to education and the responsibility of ...

A Short History of Printed Art -- Michael Russell
The oldest and most well-known graphic art prints were first produced by woodcut printing. The Chinese were the first to make religious woodcut prints though they never became prominent print ...

Dream Interpretation - Common Symbols And Their Meanings -- John Foley
Dream interpretation has many forms; it can be done be done for the sake of fun, hobby or can be taken up as a serious career. Psychologists and therapists are already incorporating dream ...

Theme Parks - The History of Disneyland -- Michael Russell
Disneyland is one of the world's most popular attractions, often compared to the likes of the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and other popular American attractions. The Disneyland park is located ...

Charles Dickens - A Biography - English Literature -- Michael Cooper
There is something about Charles Dickens' imaginative power that defies explanation in purely biographical terms. Nevertheless, his biography shows the source of that power and is the best place ...

History of the Computer - Computers and Technology -- Michael Cooper
The volume and use of computers in the world are so great, they have become difficult to ignore anymore. Computers appear to us in so many ways that many times, we fail to see them as they actually ...

The Beast - Lord of the Flies -- Michael Cooper
Throughout the novel Lord Of The Flies, the boys on the island are constantly faced with various fears. However there is nothing on the island which they fear more than the beast. In Lord Of The ...

Love in Hamlet - Shakespeare -- Michael Cooper
Although the relationship between Laertes and Polonius showed deceit, there was evidence of love. Polonius' character was shown as a devious, spying character throughout the play. His spying ...

Shakespeare - Taming of the Shrew - Play Review -- Michael Cooper
Keeping within the imaginative boundaries of human life, without becoming overly outlandish, the comedy demonstrated in the play was often sardonic, lighthearted, and always entertaining. The comedy ...

The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck - A Book Review -- Michael Cooper
The Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck that exposes the desperate conditions under which the migratory farm families of America during the 1930's live under. The novel tells of one ...

Characters in the Hobbit - Tolkien -- Michael Cooper
Bilbo Baggins - he was a hobbit, a race of small people (no bigger than 4 or 5 feet), with lots of hair on the upper part of their feet, they enjoyed calm sorroundings and to live a quiet life. ...

Hamlet - A Brief Synopsis - Shakespeare -- Michael Cooper
Horatio and other guards witness the ghost of their recently deceased king. Horatio quickly reports the viewing to the king’s only son, Hamlet. Hamlet decides to attempt to communicate with the ...

The Pearl - John Steinbeck - Book Review - Essay -- Michael Cooper
John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, starts off by introducing a simple family living by the sea. Kino, a diver whose skills have been pasted down from generation to generation, his young wife Juana, and ...

Othello - Shakespeare - Play Essay - Review -- Michael Cooper
Although it was produced in 1604, William Shakespeare’s play Othello still relates to the everyday situations of certain people. In the play, Shakespeare gives the reader situations of misguided ...

Modern Fable: The Herd Remembers. -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The bulls lived long while cows and calves kept pace in peace o'er the endless sea of grass. Milk flowed, calves lowed, seasons grew and passed, night and day, moon and sun, feasting never fast. ...

Modern Fable:The Spider the Monkey and the Deer -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
In a dark corner of the forest a small and hungry spider was busy spinning its little web in vain. The summer was hot and dry with very few insects a'wing. Along came a monkey and sat down in the ...

Modern Fable: The Boy the Sky and the Earth -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
A smiling boy lay flat on his back in the sweet summer grass gazing up at the dreamy sky. "The sky is cool and free and blue", he said. "The earth is cold and dark and takes all the dirty things. I ...

Modern Fable: The Small & Big Monkey -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
A small monkey found a single little orange in a tree. But a big monkey had been watching him and he came over, plopped down and said "There is just one orange but two of us. I am bigger, so, to be ...

Einstein's Riddle - Can You Solve It? -- Steve Gillman
Some have said Einstein's riddle is the worlds hardest riddle. It isn't. The story is that Albert Einstein created it as a young man, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn't ...

A Cornucopia of Pets I've Known -- Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
ESL students may enjoy this reading material as the content is a bit unusual. It is factual not fiction. Some of the words and expressions are a challenge but many high school students can handle ...

Ballet: a Beautiful, Graceful History -- Michael Russell
Ballet is a demanding art. Ballet dancers are trained to move their bodies in unnatural ways and if they are good, they make it look natural. Sometimes it seems as if they are defying gravity with ...

Films - The Wizard Of Oz -- Michael Russell
Why on Earth would anybody review The Wizard Of Oz? The film is probably one of the most popular movies of all time, it's so well known that most people can give you the dialogue word for word ...

Films - War Of The Worlds -- Michael Russell
With all the talk about the remake of the H.G. Wells classic "War Of The Worlds", it may be a good time to revisit the original movie from the late 50s. Whether you are a fan of the original, or the ...

Art - Edouard Manet's Life -- Michael Russell
Edouard Manet was a revolutionary painter. His work changed art forever and inspired the impressionistic style of painting. His art is so inspirational that it even influences today's art! Manet ...

Art - Rembrandt's Life -- Michael Russell
Rembrandt is an extraordinary Dutch painter, etcher and draftsman of the 1600s. He is most well known for his chiaroscuro, his brush work and the way in which he connected with the human soul. His ...

Films - Plan 9 From Outer Space -- Michael Russell
"Plan 9 From Outer Space" is said to be the worst movie ever made. As a matter of fact, the movie is so bad that people actually enjoy watching it to the point that they will call up their friends, ...

Tattoos - A History -- Michael Russell
There was always an important role in ritual and tradition for tattoos. Women in Borneo used to tattoo symbols on their forearm indicating their particular skill. If a woman was to wear a symbol ...

Origins of Yoga -- Michael Russell
Yoga is an ancient art of physical and spiritual well being that originated in India. Even today in India it is a vibrant living tradition, it is also seen as a means to attain enlightenment. In ...

Films - Invaders From Mars -- Michael Russell
The 1950s were a special time in movie making, especially for the paranoid. Because of the whole McCarthy era communist conspiracy garbage, sci fi movies of the 50s were quite paranoid, with many of ...

A Brief History of Aviation - The Beginnings -- Michael Russell
This is part one of a two-part review of Aviation from its beginnings to the present day. It is a subjective look at a few of the highlights in the development of Aviation over the centuries. The ...

Leonardo Da Vinci's Life -- Michael Russell
Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most well known artists today. He was not only an artist though; he was also a scientist and an inventor. His Mona Lisa is probably the most recognized painting ever! ...

Mcdonaldization -- Aaron Schwartz
There are not so many things human beings could live without and among them probably the most important is food. Traditionally, food preferences vary from country to country because practically each ...

Frankenstein -- Aaron Schwartz
“…Life is a gift. I don’t think anybody will argue on that with me. But after it’s given no one can take it away and it becomes the responsibility of the creator. Can a human be responsible ...

Romeo and Juliet -- Aaron Schwartz
Ask people to give an example of a romance classic, and most will answer that it is “Romeo and Juliet”. Even origins of the story are romantic, wandering minstrels in Medieval Europe sang about ...

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Have You Discovered These Secrets In The Da Vinci Code? -- Piercarla Garusi
On Friday 19th May I went to see the Da Vinci Code, as did thousands of other people here in London. It made me think a lot and I compared the world it describes with the world we really live in. On ...

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The Da Vinci Code: a dud of a movie -- Dennis L. Siluk
The Da Vinci Code: a dud of a movie I wrote about the book, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, a while back, matter-of-fact, a few years ago, and was honestly too fair, but this time I can’t help but give my ...

What Is A Fossil? -- Claudia Mann
What is a fossil? While this is a simple question, the answer can be simple or a bit more complicated. The short and sweet answer to that question is “A fossil is the remains or evidence of any ...

Lego - A History Of These Building Blocks Of Imagination -- Royce Armstrong
Lego bricks. Creativity. Childhood. They go together like Mickey Mouse and Disney, wizards and Harry Potter. Lego has been a part of childhood for more than three generations. Nearly everyone under ...

The History of Dragons -- Francesca Black
The Dragon has played an important part in myths and religions since pre-historic times. The history of dragons goes back at least six thousand years, and there are dragon tales and legends from ...

Trivial Pursuit: In Search Of Amusing Historic Events -- Pamela Beers
I love trivia. While reading various books on various subjects over varying periods of time, I always come across some interesting tidbits of information…trivial food for thought, all of which make ...

Fiction Short Story (for kids) -- Laura Hickey
Looking for a story to tell or read out loud to your kids this Halloween? Enjoy the free short story from the children's book Mysterious Chills and Thrills, by Laura Hickey. Happy Halloween! ...

A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 6 Philip II -- Stuart Bazga
We bring this series of articles to a close by taking a look at the life and times of Philip II of France. Philip II, born 1165, was the son of King Louis VII and became King of France in 1180 when ...

A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 5 Charles II -- Stuart Bazga
During the last thousand years, European Monarchs have ruled Europe and the world with an iron fist and by fear, compassion and hatred. As their wealth grew from the riches of newly conquered ...

A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 4 Queen Mary I -- Stuart Bazga
Queen Mary I of England was born in 1516 to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and was the first British monarch to rule in her own right. Mary was pronounced queen in 1553 and ruled for five years ...

A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 3 King Ludwig II -- Stuart Bazga
King Ludwig II of Bavaria, named after his grandfather, was born in Nymphenburg Castle outside Munich on August 25, 1845 and was the eldest son of King Maximillian II and Queen Marie. As a boy, ...

A Short Biography on Some of Europe's Most Loved and Hated Monarchs - Pt2 (Mad) King George III -- Stuart Bazga
King George III who suffered from porphyria, a maddening disease, was born in 1738 to Frederick, Prince of Wales and Augusta. In 1761 George married Charlotte of Mecklinburg-Strelitz and together ...

The Evolution of the British Castle – A Short History -- Stuart Bazga
When William the Conqueror, conquered England in 1066, his armies quickly erected wooden palisades (a fence of stakes or iron railings forming an enclosure or defence) establishing a presence in the ...

The Ghosts of The Tower of London Pt2 -- Stuart Bazga
The most grisly execution and thus haunting is that of the 70 year old Countess of Salisbury, the last of the Plantagenets. King Henry VIII had her executed for political reasons. The feisty Countess ...

The History of Lancaster Castle Pt2 -- Stuart Bazga
One of the most famous events at Lancaster castle was the Pendle Witch trials of 1612. During the reign of King James I, he passed laws which forbid any act of “making a covenant with an evil ...

The History of Lancaster Castle Pt1 -- Stuart Bazga
Lancaster Castle stemmed from an original fort built by the Romans overlooking the town of Lancaster and the River Lune to help combat the invading forces of the Picts and Scots. Following the demise ...

The Ghosts of The Tower of London Pt1 -- Stuart Bazga
The Tower of London has developed into one of the most haunted places in Britain. She has been home to beheadings and murders, torture and hangings, as well as being a prison to Queens and Nobles ...

The Ghosts of Stephen's Branch a True Story -- David Slone
I once lived, for a short time, in a haunted house. Many readers may be skeptical of this "story" but I assure you that it is true. I have been fascinated with ghosts and the unknown since I was a ...

The Ghosts of Windsor Castle -- Stuart Bazga
Windsor Castle is one of the many homes of the present Queen of England, several of her royal ancestors, and "non-royal" spirits, one of whom, according to legend was an ancient Saxon hunter named ...

A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 1 Vlad Tepes (Dracula) -- Stuart Bazga
Join me as we take a trip back in time, discovering which Monarchs were tyrants, mentally unstable, drunks and psychotic, as well as those who were loved by their people. This series of articels will ...

Miguel de Cervantes is considered the most acclaimed writer in Spanish. -- Stuart
Miguel de Cervantes (1550-1616) is considered the most acclaimed writer in Spanish. Cervantes' masterpiece , El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (1605, 1615), is the most significant ...

Share Your Story -- Steve Davis
Share Your Story Storytelling is one of the most powerful methods to inform your audience while increasing participation and trust. As the pace quickens in our high-speed society, it's ...

The Moral of the Story is...Use Stories to Sell -- Lisa Lake
When women have lunch with their girlfriends, they tell amusing stories about their husbands and boyfriends to relate to each other. And when you tell a story on your website, in an article, or even ...

My Baseball Story -- Aron Wallad
I want to write and read about all types of baseball stories that are inspiring. Why not? Isn’t being inspired a great way to live? Isn’t offering others an expression of what you love the ...

The World's Most Beloved Sport - The History of Soccer -- Rebecca Blain
While it is undisputed that the origins of modern soccer, or football, originated in Britain, there is a great deal of evidence that points to this beloved game as having an older history. Where did ...

April Fool's Day - History -- Birmingham UK Com
April Fool’s Day originates from Germany. It is believed to be the brain child of Gabriel Hoffman who lived in Damstadt during the 1860’s. The day is celebrated in many countries with the ...

Napoleon Bonaparte -- Max Weber
The military of Napoleon Bonaparte was of considerable value not only in the history of France, but also in the world history. It was the most notable military among the analogous structures of other ...

Bingo History - The Origins Of Bingo Games -- Mark Falco
The origins of bingo, as with most games, is shrouded in the mists of history. However, we can trace the idea back to the 1500's where the Italians invented a lottery game to be played 'en ...

The Diary of an English Gardener in Tuscany -- Rupert Mayhew
Looking at the bleak colourless winter gardens here, and the memory of the garden in the summer, it is clear this garden needs work, but none more so than planting trees, and not any trees of course. ...

Global Warming and Global Warning.. Wildflower Diapensia rings the bell. -- Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
When a canary died in a coal mine it was a strong warning to get out. The canary was a sensitive meter, a living organism with all its strengths and frailties warning of toxic gas, usually methane or ...

How Do Glowsticks Work? -- Robert Thatcher
Glowstick is a piece of plastic tube containing a glass vial. This glass vial contains chemicals that when react with the plastic tube create light. For a glowstick to produce light, it must bend. ...

A Brief History Of Pocket Watches -- Robert Thatcher
Everything has its beginning. And if you believe that time starts from somewhere, also consider the beginning of time measurements. Early people have devised a system to tell the exact date. But a ...

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - English Literature Essay -- Michael Cooper
Charles Dickenn's Great Expectations is a story about a boy, Philip Pirrip, who comes to a point in his life where his life changes drastically from the way it was when he was growing up. ...

History of Soccer -- Michael Cooper
The score is tied 1-1. It’s you and the goalie with ten seconds left. You dribble left, then right, you shoot . . . GOOOAAALLL!!! "Association Football", "football" or, in this age, "soccer" is ...

Medieval Castles - An Essay -- Michael Cooper
Castles remind us of a time that was full of adventure and romance. Castles remind us of a time in history in which there was a lack of government and order. Although there was not mass confusion and ...

The History of Body Piercings - Ancient and Fascinating Around the World -- Lori Wilkerson
Body piercings have seen a resurgence of interest in the last ten to twenty years and are becoming more and more a part of the mainstream Western culture. Take a look at any fashion or entertainment ...

The Pearl - John Steinbeck - Book Review - Essay -- Michael Cooper
John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, starts off by introducing a simple family living by the sea. Kino, a diver whose skills have been pasted down from generation to generation, his young wife Juana, and ...

March Of The Penguins (DVD) Review -- Britt Gillette
One of the more surprising films of 2005, and perhaps the most intriguing, was March Of The Penguins, a full-length feature film documentary cut from the same mold as a PBS National Geographic ...

Frosty The Snowman (DVD) Review -- Britt Gillette
A gold member of the Christmas classic elite, Frosty The Snowman has entertained several generations of children and adults with its charming holiday magic. Jimmy Durante narrates this 1969 animated ...

Kindergarten Cop (Movie Review) -- Britt Gillette
Long before Californians elected him as the Governator, former elite bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger took Hollywood by storm as The Terminator. An overpowering figure with amazing charisma on and ...

The Origin Of Easter -- Gray Rollins
The origin of Easter does have a couple of different possibilities. First of all Easter is mainly considered to be a pagan holiday. Most of the old religions have different celebrations for different ...

When Is Easter And Why Does It Always Change? -- Gray Rollins
When Is Easter? This has always been a very good question because there was a time when Easter was moved around from day to day. The pagan celebration of Easter occurred each year at the same time ...

Beer Through the Years (story) -- J Square Humboldt
No one really knows exactly how the first beer came into being ... Suffice it to say that, around 10,000 years ago, somebody let a primordial barley and hop concoction stand long enough for it to ...

The History Of Personal Ads -- Josh Greenberger
Did Marc Anthony once run an ad in The Roman Chronicle, "Looking for Egyptian queen -- must know how to water ski?" Personal ads have brought people together as far back as Julius Caesar's time. ...

Encounter At A New York City Party -- Josh Greenberger
This story is based on a gross exaggeration of a hypothetical situation. Any similarities to persons or events in your life is purely coincidental and rather pathetic. We met at a party in an Upper ...

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (DVD) Review -- Britt Gillette
Nominated for three Academy Awards, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe follows on the heels of recent successful big screen adaptations of other childrens’ fantasy ...

Brokeback Mountain DVD Review -- Chris Shelton
The controversial film from director Ang Lee has reached store shelves in DVD form. Little needs to be explained of the discussion surrounding the movie and just about everyone has heard of or ...

The Chronicles of Narnia DVD Review -- Chris Shelton
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis’ imaginative and compelling story of four siblings who take a journey to a magical world by venturing through a wardrobe ...

Dora the Explorer: A Fun Companion for Kids -- Jared Winston
Dora the Explorer is a cartoon show that airs on the Nickelodeon channel, featuring stories about Dora Marquez, a young Hispanic girl who ventures forth on adventurous quests. The Dora the Explorer ...

Cartoons - The Japanese Invasion -- Michael Russell
For the kids of today who think that these Japanese imports are a new thing, you may be surprised to find out that Japanese import cartoons have been going on for some time. We're going to touch ...

Cartoons - How They Are Made -- Michael Russell
In the world of cartoons what we see when we view the finished product is just that, finished. What we don't see are all the things that go into making a cartoon. Those inside the industry itself ...

Cartoons - Bugs Bunny -- Michael Russell
Cartoons may or may not have been made just for kids, but one thing is for certain. Cartoons have made an everlasting impression on all people both young and old. Some cartoons fade into obscurity ...

Cartoons - Superman -- Michael Russell
The Superman character was probably one of the most famous creations in history. Superman first appeared in comic books. But it wasn't until Superman cartoons were made that people really got the ...

Hollywood Film King Kong and Some Scientific Facts About Apes -- Santhanam Nagarajan
King Kong is out with the Oscar-winning visionary. The story in short can be enumerated in a few lines: A crew of explorers and filmmakers set out to investigate the myths of legendary creature King ...

The Phantom On Film -- Andrea Stephenson
I will admit it. It may not be fashionable, but I am a musical theatre buff. In my youth I attended countless stage productions, drinking in the delights of the theatrical experience. A movie can ...

Star Trek and Persistence: The Making of a Short Film! -- Jose Guzman
During my junior year in high school, my best friend told me he was making a parody of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. What was really cool about this short project was that I would play a version ...

A History of the T-shirt -- Robert Carney
Know the history of the tee? How did the t-shirt get its start in the beginning of the twentieth century? How did the t-shirt become an American favorite? We're now into the twenty-first century, ...

The Wedding Ring - A Brief History -- Eriani Doyel
Most people know that a wedding ring is symbolic of the bond of love and commitment between two people. But not everyone knows about the history behind this small yet powerful symbol. The history of ...

A Martial Artist's View Of The Film: "A History of Violence" -- Dr. Gary S. Goodman
If you’re a martial artist and you haven’t seen the movie, “A History of Violence,” you should. In fact, I’m surprised it didn’t get more recognition at the Academy Awards. There are lots ...

Jessica Simpson and the New Dukes of Hazzard -- James Hall
Before Jessica Simpson became the fun loving pop-teen idol, she was a young member of her church choir in Dallas, TX. Discovered by the music industry while attending a summer church camp, she later ...

Superstitions - Mirrors and Number 13 -- Sarah Todd
Superstitions are not based on rationale and practical thought. They’ve evolved from ancient religious or supernatural genres, a huge resource that includes belief in specific events (Halloween), ...

The Wiggly Tooth (short story) -- Dennis Siluk
It was a matter of extraction, I was eleven-years old, and my tooth wiggled, and wiggled, and wiggled too much, too long, and it had to come out one way or another. Even at eleven I knew this, but ...

Easter, a New Life Within (How my Family Celebrates Easter) -- Francine Larson
Easter seems to have two different meanings in the mind of most people. There is the spiritual meaning of Jesus Christ rising from the dead, thus showing the world that death should not be feared if ...

Easter and the Rabbit on the Moon -- Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin
Happy Easter! Long time ago around Lithuanian there was a goddess named Eostre that was brought to the Norse along with Perkunas by the people of the Historic Odin; being Eostare and Thor. Eostare ...

Hare Raising Questions About Easter -- Sharron Myers
Have you ever wondered what a bunny that lays eggs has to do with Easter? Do bunnies even lay eggs? How did the bunny and the egg theory ever come into being? How did Easter come about? What are its ...

A Tale of Two Enemies : Sun and Saturn -- Sreenivasamurthy Kubatoor
In astrology Sun and Saturn are considered enemies of each other. The gods or the demi-gods cannot behave like mortals. So we have to analyse the concept of enemies in a context and appropriate ...

The Troy Burroghs Adventures in: Old Man Rice [And the Tri-Told-Tales] -- Dennis Siluk
I was reading the newspaper at the Barns & Noble Deli in Roseville Minnesota yesterday, I should have started this story out with, this is me, you know, Troy baby, Mr. Burroghs to those who are under ...

Off Piste Skiing and Avalanches - A Cautionary Tale -- Simon Dewhurst
Skiing off piste, back country skiing, off trail skiing, call it what you will, can mean an exhilarating experience of skiing powder snow away from the crowded pistes. But in that sparkling carpet of ...

A Note from Saint Valentine - A First Person Tale of This Wonderful Day -- Eric Cech
Let me introduce myself. My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn't like Emperor ...

Patti Pacifico's Oscar Tale: 2006 -- Patti Pacifico
I was on my way home from Munich for the holidays and while reading "Memoirs of a Geisha" my Transamerica plane took a Crash on Brokeback Mountain. At first I thought, "Our Time Is Up", but a guy ...

A Tale of Whales and a Whale of a Tour -- Michael Miller
The big black and white killer whale -- his four-foot sail-like dorsal fin erect and rising from a long sleek black and white body -- came slicing rapidly through the water, seemiingly on a collision ...

The Lobster's Tale: Through the Eyes of a Cape Cod Lobsterman? -- Christopher Seufert
Once upon a time if Cape Codders wanted a grand lobster feast they merely walked down to the shore, waded in and plucked all they could carry by the armload. In fact, the Pilgrim Miles Standish ...

The Scorpion [Vietnam Tale] -- Dennis Siluk
I can’t remember all the details, of that particular evening out on patrol in the Ammo-dump, but Charlie was to have penetrated the area, and we were to go find him, seek and destroy. And so when ...

Frightful Witches and Kissable Toads: How Folktales Nourish the Soul -- Jenni Cargill
One day Baba Yaga’s two trusted toads said, ”You are truly terrifying!” “Good!” said Baba Yaga, “because that’s what I’m here for.” from The Wise Doll by Hiawyn Oram. As a ...

Tales of the Often Underappreciated Kitchen Faucet -- Kristen Easton
Hi, my name is Leaky (I hate that nickname but you gave it to me). I’m your kitchen faucet. I don’t think you realize how important I am in your life. Stop and think for a moment how many times ...

Silk - History And Facts -- Michael Russell
Silk may be just another fabric to most of us. But the truth is, silk is a very unique fabric that has many activists up in arms. We're going to take a look at a brief history and some facts ...

Flight - History of Aeroplanes and Steps of Flying -- Sharon Albright
The invention of flight by the Wright brothers has brought about a revolution in the world. The concept of speed and distance started changing. The impossible started looking possible. The perfect ...

The History Of The Star Wars Films -- Gray Rollins
Star Wars was one of those magnificent films that was an instant phenomenon when it hit the box office and continues to be a hit today. Why not take a moment to follow the intriguing history of Star ...

Shara's Marbles - A Short Story -- Rajesh Kanoi
Shara was sitting under a tree, his eyes on the ground, looking idly at a tiny plant, bent and bruised by the numerous people and animals that had trampled upon it. Around him, people were busily ...

The History of Calendars -- Sam Vaknin
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. Their "old new year" is a week later, on January 14. It is all Julius Caesar's fault ... The Romans sometimes neglected to introduce an extra ...

The Invention of Television -- Sam Vaknin
The transmission of images obsessed inventors as early as 1875 when George Carey of Boston proposed his cumbersome system. Only five years later, the principle of scanning a picture, line by line and ...

The Tale of the Humble Popcorn -- Sam Vaknin
Corn pollen more than 80,000 years old was found in Mexico. Proper popcorn was known in China, Sumatra, and India for at least 5000 years. Popped popcorn and kernels 5600 years old were discovered in ...

What Are Telescopes? -- Jason Adams
Telescopes act as windows to the universe. It is with the help of telescopes that we can study the solar system and view the conjunctions of stars. Not just that, the various planets, galaxies, ...

Polar Bears, Rulers of the Arctic North -- Clint Leung
Polar Bears, the Rulers of the Arctic North The polar bears (Thalarctos maritimus) live in the Arctic regions of the north near open water where they can find their main source of food which are ...

Using the Sun for Power - How It Works -- Rick Solare
With massive rebate programs and tax credits being issued by state and federal governments, using the sun to generate electricity is very popular. So, how does it work? Generating electricity from ...

Was Galileo the first person to use a telescope -- Anne Noonan
Many historians explain that Galileo was the first person to use a telescope. In 1610 Galileo discovered Saturn's rings. He also observed Jupiter's four moons and viewed the different phases ...

Robin's Rainbow -- Dianne James
When my daughter was very young, one night she was saying her prayers. She paused and asked me, "Mom, if I pray for a rainbow, will God make one?" Well, what could I say? Anyone who can part the Red ...

Our Adobe Hacienda -- Dianne James
When I was a teenager, my family moved to the largest alpine valley in the world, the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, into a house that hadn't been inhabited for many years. What appeared ...

Cell Phones and the Dentist -- Cynthia Pinsonnault
Don't you just hate people who talk on their cell phones while they drive? Blindly babbling away, not paying attention to the road, endangering everyone nearby … so inconsiderate. Anyway, today ...

How I Feel About Pirates -- Charlie Hatton
Pirates are BAD because they steal booty from other people. The only people that should get to steal booty from other people is me. Also, I should get a pet parrot. And get to say, 'Arrrrr!' ...

Beautiful Worms - story for 6-8 year olds -- Janice M. Jones
Beautiful Worms 816 words by Jan Jones Wilma, Wendy and Wally shared a hole in the ground. They enjoyed warm sun and soft, moist mud. They giggled and wiggled. They rolled and slid. They took care of ...

The Story of St Patrick -- Terry Black
Miserable Boyhood First off, St. Patrick wasn't even Irish. He was born somewhere in Britain. (Mental note: delete the red hair; insert pasty complexion and bad teeth.) He was captured as a lad ...

A Short History Of The Motorcycle -- Jim Johnson
Todays motorcycles are everywhere and there are lots of different classes or kinds of motorcycles as well. But the motorcycle, like the automobile, is a relative newcomer to the world stage. The ...

The History of Valentine's Day -- Natalie Aranda
Love has many different meanings in every single language but there is a universal traditional day when people express their inner feelings for each other, either love or friendship. Valentine's ...

Hostel Movie Review -- Alice Flegel
Two American backpackers in Amsterdam, Josh (Derek Richardson) and Paxton (Jay Hernandez), along with their Icelandic friend, Oli are lured into a hostel Slovakia where they are told the woman are ...

What started it all - the History of Volleyball -- Rebecca Blain
Surprisingly, one of the most well loved sports in the world is also relatively young. Despite the game's youth, it has gone through a wide variety of changes and evolution as a part of its rich ...

History of kitesurfing -- Jakob Jelling
KiteSurfing is by far the latest craze in extreme sports. The idea of using a kite to enhance speed and gravity for the surfer seems like a new and exhilarating challenge, yet the art of KiteSurfing ...

Dental Hygiene, an Ancient Practice - The History of the Toothbrush -- Rebecca Blain
One of the most asked questions by adults and children is the origin of the toothbrush. There are several schools of thought on when the real toothbrush was created, but you need to look far into the ...

The World's Most Beloved Sport - The History of Soccer -- Rebecca Blain
While it is undisputed that the origins of modern soccer, or football, originated in Britain, there is a great deal of evidence that points to this beloved game as having an older history. Where did ...

The Evolution of Technology - The History of Computers -- Rebecca Blain
While computers are now an important part of the lives of human beings, there was a time where computers did not exist. Knowing the history of computers and how much progression has been made can ...

A look at the intriguing History of Snowboarding -- Keith Kingston
It has taken almost forty years for snowboarding to be recognized as a major sport that is followed and participated in by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Humanity’s love affair with ...

History of the Camera -- Chris Haslego
The camera and photography are an important part of the communication history of the world. The history of the camera is indelibly linked to the understanding and development of optics. Optics is the ...

A Quick History Of The Clock -- Joey Lewitin
The earliest clocks were simply ways of keeping track of time using the elements. The sundial did this, as well as a clock created in ancient Greece often ascribed to Plato, that used water dripping ...

Brief History of Blogs -- Andy Wibbels
Summary: A quick look at where blogs came from, where they are and where they're going. So where did all these blogs come from? How did they get from an underground geek toy to a mainstream tool ...

The History of Yoga -- Della Menechella
The history of yoga is long and steeped in tradition. Contrary to what some people may believe, yoga was not developed as the newest way to slim down so they could fit into a smaller pants size. The ...

The History of Teddy Bears -- David Chandler
Teddy bears have been around since 1902. The teddy bear came to being when President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shot a black bear held captive by his hunting party. Also worth noting is that ...

The History of Coffee -- Chris Vorelli
Who would have thought that a berry that was discovered by a herd of goats would be the single most important ingredient in the world’s most popular drink? Legend has it that back in 850AD, a goat ...

Karate a History -- Michael Smith
Although the basic forms of self defense are probably as old as the human race, the art of karate as it is practiced today can be traced directly to the Okinawan technique called, in Japanese, ...

History of the Guitar -- Graham Howard
It is very difficult to trace a line back to the exact birth of the instrument we know as the guitar today, as there is a lot of myth and uncertainty surrounding its origins. This is mainly due to ...

The History Of Camcorders -- Richard Gazzo
Well, when you think of a camcorder, you probably envision those little hand-held mini dv camcorders that fit into the palm of your hand, right? Like all things, the camcorder had it’s own starting ...

The History Of Cellphones; Telefonos Moviles Just Began With Simple Telephones -- A.Caxton
Here, with the extract of the book THE HISTORY OF THE TELEPHONE by Herbert N. Casson, we show where moviles, cell phones and pdas began. In that somewhat distant year 1875, when the telegraph and the ...

Irish Baby Names - History and Origin -- John Lynch
The meaning of baby names of irish origin lies hundreds of years back in the Irish gaelic language of the ancient Celts who migrated from Central Europe before the foundation of the Roman Empire. The ...

History of Web Design -- M. Williams
History is the replica of the present. Thus, we have to press our flashback imaginary buttons in order to have a sojourn in the times of yore. We have to know the beginning in order to relate it to ...

AMAZING Kung Fu Martial Arts HISTORY -- Peter Sundbye
The term 'Kung Fu' does not relate to any specific form of martial art, but rather translates as 'skill' or 'ability'. Scholars believe that the use of Kung Fu to describe the ...

Lost and Found (A Valentine's Day Story) -- LeAnn R. Ralph
I casually glanced down at my hand, but instead of a wedding ring and an engagement ring, there was only the narrow gold band. "Randy!" I yelped. "My engagement ring is gone." It was Valentine's ...

The Story of the 12 Animal Zodiac in China -- Wong Yee Lee
One day, Tian Di (The God Above) wanted to manage all animals on earth. He took out 12 chairs and told the cat to tell 11 other animals to go to the sky palace. When the cat told the ox about it, the ...

How to Start Your Story with a Bang -- Caterina Christakos
The purpose of creating a story is to create a world that will draw the reader away from their own. In order to do this one must create suspense, drama and mystery. Your reader must absolutely need ...

The History of Popcorn -- James Hunt
Popcorn is loved by young and old today. Popcorn itself dates back many centuries. It is believe by many historians that popcorn first came from Mexico. The oldest ears of corn have been found to ...

A Short History of the Umbrella -- James Hunt
No one wants to be caught outside in the rain without an umbrella. These handy devices come in an array of shapes and sizes, many that will conveniently tuck into a purse or glove compartment in case ...

The History Of King Kong: From The Big Screen To The iPod Screen -- Scott Britner
King Kong is a fictional giant gorilla who stars in books, tv shows, video games and movies that bear his name. Though many know him because of his latest 2005 remake – King Kong’s groundbreaking ...

The Ancient History of Chocolate -- Jane Roseen
A journey through the history of chocolate reveals that this mysterious food has woven its story throughout multiple cultures and continents impacting civilizations culturally, socially, economically ...

The History Of Arcade Games -- Simon Oliver
Gaming today is a recognized element of our cultural scenery, even to people who are over thirty or who can barely recall the time before arcade games were invented. Gone are the days when you would ...

Top TEN greatest Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies -- Gary Whittaker
10. The Princess Bride This movie has all the elements a family adventure film should have, with sword fights, comedic dialogue, interesting characters, and of course, a central love story. This ...

The Truman Show -- Sam Vaknin
"The Truman Show" is a profoundly disturbing movie. On the surface, it deals with the worn out issue of the intermingling of life and the media. Examples for such incestuous relationships abound: ...

They Shoot Horses - Horses In Motion Pictures -- Jack Palone
Notwithstanding Rin Can Tin can and The Thin Man series' Asta, the positron emission tomography film achieved its canine calvary in the Lassie movies. Its feline apotheosis came in That Darn ...

Vertigo - a masterpiece? (film) -- Ryan Fyfe
Vertigo, a 1958 suspense film, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Many people beleive that this film is Hitchcock's masterpiece. The movie tells the story of a detective in San Francisco. The ...

A Walk through Winter Park - A Hint of New England in Florida -- Susanne Pacher
Just a few minutes north of downtown Orlando awaits Winter Park, a charming picturesque suburb steeped in history. After my excursion on the Scenic Boat Tour, my local expert Wanda Salerno took me on ...

A Walk Through St. Augustine - The Oldest Continuously Inhabited City in the United States -- Susanne Pacher
On our way home from Orlando, a little more than an hour into our 20+ hour road trip back to Toronto, we stopped in St. Augustine, "the nation's oldest city", just north of Jacksonville - indeed ...

Hello from Chicago - The Field Museum and Pompeii - Stories from an Eruption -- Susanne Pacher
Yesterday I got up early again and typed up my travel reports on the free computer at the Arlington House. Then my friend Linda and I made our way to one of our favourite Chicago hangouts for ...

Short Story: The Next Level of Humanity -- Jesse S. Somer
“Hey Mac, have you ever been thinking of someone and then-bang! - The telephone rings and it’s them on the phone?” “Pinkus, why are you always asking me stupid inane questions that have ...

Handling Questions and Answers -- The Seven Secrets -- Chris King
Whether or not you will be faced with questions you are expected to answer depends upon the type of presentation you are giving, the time available, and your topic. To handle this possibly daunting ...

Audience Attention -- Grab It by Using the Power of Stories -- Chris King
It was 3 p.m. on a hot, summer afternoon. The non-air conditioned college classroom was jammed with CityYear participants who had started their active day before 6 a.m. I was doing a workshop on ...

An October Afternoon in Lima & The Wild-cats of the Nevados -- Dennis Siluk
11)An October Afternoon in Lima, Peru The sun sets upon my brow A book upon my lap— The city’s cars I hear nearby —as a realm of thoughts… Sink deep into my mind— I am subdued by the cooing ...

Sacrifice at the Hypogeum -- Dennis Siluk
Part I A young man, named LH, came from the small country called Malta, to pursue studies at the University, who had but a little money in his pocket, settled in an apartment near by the University. ...

One Horse and Six Men" (Arizona Blue—Gunfighter) -- Dennis Siluk
Had he not gone into that backyard, or was it a corral? I’m not sure, I wasn’t there; had he not gone into that bar and just stayed at that hotel, until the wedding took place, that forenoon day ...

Already Dead (a Short Story) -- Dennis Siluk
The Room She is down, down in the China Cabinet; her insides, ashes, that’s all that is left of her—wood around her, and her, she´s just ashes, that´s it in a nutshell: “Over there” —I ...

Untrue Father (A short Story) -- O.P.Somani
Kallu was a tenant of Santosh Kumar Nayak. Santosh Kumar was a businessman in a small town of Utter Pradesh. So far the rent is concerned he was charging the rent very much according to the prevalent ...

The Attic Bedroom [An Old Type Winter--l958] Short Story -- Dennis Siluk
Again, Lee, now eleven-years old, and Mike, his brother, two years his senior, ran through the second floor attic bedroom discovering Grandpa Anton was listening, they heard grandpa cursing and ...

Short Story: Take a Trip To The Temple Of The Great Tomato -- Jesse S. Somer
Jimmy Jenkins Jr. is not an adventurer, traveler, or pioneer. Far from it, Jimmy has had the same job, in the same office for 15 years. He’s got about 2 years of holiday time built up because he ...

14 Tips On Writing The Short-Short Story -- Marg McAlister
The short-short story has been likened by some as being closer to writing a poem than a story. And that makes sense—every word has to be packed with power; every line has to move the story along. ...

The Big Carrot [a Short Story: 1957] -- Dennis Siluk
The Big Carrot [St. Paul, Minnesota: 1958] Uncle Ernest, who really was not my uncle, but my mother’s boyfriend for some forty-years, found my secret when I was eleven years old, back in the summer ...

April Fools Day (story) -- Ryan Fyfe
April Fool's Day, is not officially considered a holiday, is most definitely a notable day that is celebrated in many countries on April 1. The thing that is so special about April 1 (April ...

The Rolling Stones -- Chad Koch
1. You Can't Always Get What You Want 2. Only Rock 'n Roll 3. Get Off My Cloud 4. She's A Rainbow 5. Under My Thumb 6. It's All Over Now 7. Don't Stop 8. Happy 9. The Last Time 1. ...

Adult Swim - You Must Be This High To Ride This Ride -- Chad Koch
1. You Must Be This High To Ride This Ride 2. There’s No “P” In Pool 3. Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law 4. Aqua Teen Hunger Force 5. Sealab 2021 6. Brak Show 7. English Channel Swim 8. Bobby G. ...

Maurice Cornelius Escher - MC Escher -- Chad Koch
MC ESCHER "I play a tiresome game" - MC ESCHER 1. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 2. No Apt Pupil 3. The Creature In The Forest 4. Head In The Clouds 5. The Puzzler 6. Impossible Architect 7. ...

John Deere -- Chad Koch
JOHN DEERE GO WEST YOUNG MAN THE BLACKSMITH MASS APPEAL NOTHING RUNS LIKE A DEERE COMMITMENT LEGENDARY LEAPING FORWARD THE CLASSIC "I will never put my name on a product that does not have in it the ...

Metallica - St. Anger -- Chad Koch
1. St. Anger 2. Metallica Reloaded 3. The Early Early Early Days 4. Under The Influence 5. Monsters Of Rock 6. Nabbing Napster 7. Master Of Puppets 8. Ride The Lightning 9. Worn Justice 10. ...

Monty Python - Top 10 Comedy Films -- Chad Koch
1. Fruit In The Looms 2. Python's Give Live Birth 3. The Toad Elevating Moment 4. Mystery Of The Lost Python Sketches 5. Brian's The Life Of The Party 6. Kim Bread Aka John Cleese 7. Around ...

Bruce Lee - Enter The Dragon -- Chad Koch
BRUCE LEE ENTER THE DRAGON LITTLE KNOWN FACT WAY OF THE INTERCEPTING FIST A WARRIOR'S JOURNEY LAST MAN STANDING GAME OF DEATH NUNCHAKU FISTS OF FURY THE CURSE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE SILENT BUT DEADLY ...

Vampires: the Romantic Ideology behind Them -- Xavier Zambrano
The French Revolution constituted for the conscience of the dominant aristocratic class a fall from innocence, and upturning of the natural chain of events that resounded all over Europe; the old ...

The Story “From the Chicken Coop”™ -- Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval. ...
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