Shchedryk: The Story of 'Carol of the Bells'
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As the Christmas season is now upon us, you can tune to any number of local radio stations which most likely will be playing Christmas carols from now until around New Years. One of the most famous and recognizable Christmas songs is "Carol of the Bells." The song had gotten tremendously more popular in recent years since the Trans Siberian...
And She Smiled Through It All
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On December 13, 1913, the headline on the front page of France's leading newspaper, Le Petit Parisien, read "La 'Joconde' est Retrouvée". The New York Times featured the same story, but referred to the painting at the center of this remarkable story by its more familiar title, proclaiming "Find 'Mona Lisa', Arrest Robber." Both titles derive...
Flight 19 and the Mysterious Bermuda Triangle
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The Bermuda Triangle, also known as Devil’s Triangle, is one of the strangest locations on Earth. In a small part of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches over Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda, there have been a series of missing planes, boats, and other strange and unexplained incidents occurring there over the last few centuries. The name...
"More Deadly Than War"
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Every genuinely diverse society inevitably finds itself debating issues of inequality, intolerance and racism at a visceral level. Human beings today still struggle to achieve a kinder, more sensitive and more understanding way of life, and in so doing, they may get easily ensnared by the liberal doctrines of Communism and Marxism, since these...
What Would Machiavelli Say About Modern Gun Control?
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Niccolò Machiavelli's name may have become synonymous with self-interest, personal gain and a myriad of other negative personality traits, but his writing, especially "The Prince," shows the complexity that lay behind his most famous treatises. Machiavelli, born May 3, 1469, was an Italian diplomat, statesman, and military commander during the...
Jesus: The Final Adam
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In the Old Testament Book of Genesis, God created Adam and his companion Eve, allowing them to live in the Garden of Eden with only one rule: never eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of the garden. One day, a serpent convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and then Adam followed suit. God found out...
The Travis Walton Alien Abduction
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At the end of a long day cutting wood in Arizona's Sitgreave's National Forest, six men were heading home when suddenly, the entire logging crew noticed a bright light in the sky that they initially believed to be a forest fire. It soon became apparent, however, that as this brilliant yellowish light approached the truck, it definitely wasn't a...
The Levelland UFO Incident
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The mystery began within hours after Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the late evening of November 2, 1957, in Levelland, Texas. Two migrant workers, Joe Salas and Pedro Saucedo, were driving just west of town. They observed a blue flash of light located near the road. The engine of their truck stalled and they were unable to...
Martin Luther: A Reluctant Rebel Who Changed the World
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Martin Luther was born in 1483, coming into a world where the Roman Catholic Church reigned both spiritually and politically in Western Europe. No one knew that the baby born to a smelting master in Eisleben, Saxony would not just challenge the church, but alter history forever. The birth of great ideas is often described as a “lightbulb...
The Black Tuesday Stock Market Crash
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Let's step back for a moment to the 1920s. Everyone thought that they could get rich quick, and investors were buying stocks in huge numbers. Credit was loose and banks were anxious to lend money for people to invest in the stock market. If you had as little as 10 to 20 percent down, bankers would line up to get you to invest on margin in the...