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Amy Brannan

Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

Trick or Treat: The True Origin of Halloween

Kids in halloween costumes

The yearly holiday of Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year for children worldwide; however, this candy filled holiday was not always the holiday it is today. It was not always that children dressed like demons and posed the well known question “trick or treat”, it was not always that houses displayed decorations and families came together to walk through neighborhoods. The holiday we know as Halloween today did not begin with any of the commonly known traditions of today’s celebrations, in fact the holiday had much more peculiar and mixed beginnings…

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Will The World End in 2012?

World with 2012

In recent years the 2012 end of the world predictions have become serious business, in fact a number of cults are preparing for the arrival of doomsday in a little over a year. It isn’t only cults who are subscribing to these “end of the world predictions” however, many average people are fueling the hysteria that is beginning to build as the year 2012 gets closer. How much truth is behind these theories though? Where exactly are these theories coming from? In this article we will cover the hysteria that is the end of the world prediction for 2012 and compare it with previous end of the world predictions that have come and gone….

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Why the World Didn’t End

Apocalypse

For a while now there have been rumors of the approaching end of the world and all fingers have pointed to the Mayan calendar as a predictor. Well, the date has arrived and, in case you haven’t noticed, the world has not ended. Below we will take a look at why the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012, and what the end of a cycle really means on the Mayan calendar…

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How Did the Titanic Sink?

Old photo of Titanic

The maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912 but just five short days later the passenger liner met her fate. The fate of the titanic is well known by everyone who has heard the liner’s name, but few people know exactly what transpired to make the Titanic sink. Below we will take a look at the journey of this Olympic class ocean liner and just how it came to be that she lay down at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean…

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Easter Island Facts and the History of Moai Statues

Easter Island Facts and the History

There are many monuments and artifacts around the world that garner amazement and intrigue, but perhaps one of the most puzzling is the Easter Island heads, also called Moai. The Moai are statues that stand on the Chilean Polynesian Easter Island. Below we will take a look at the history of these figures and what they mean to the culture of Easter Island…

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How to Disappear with an Invisibility Cloak

Invisible woman

The idea of being able to render something invisible by cloaking it was once a concept only seen in science fiction films. A recent breakthrough discussed in the New Journal of Physics however, has discovered a way to cloak materials by channeling light around them. In this article we will take a look at this research and discuss how it differs from previous cloaking experiments…

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Origins of Common Idioms

Typewriter with Origins of Common Idioms

The origins of common idioms are as varied as the idioms themselves. Below we will take a look at the history of some of the world’s most popular idioms including: armed to the teeth, a backhanded compliment, to bleed like a stuck pig, blowing off steam and to chew the fat…

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The Mysterious Freemasons Secrets Unveiled

Freemason symbol

Of all societies that exist within the world there is none that is perhaps as mysterious and intriguing as that of the fraternal organization of the Freemasons. Shrouded in claims of sacrifice, secret plots to run the United States and tales of mystery there is something about this organization that elevates those within it to higher levels and leaves those outside it wanting to know more…

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Becoming a Freemason: Are You Ready to Join?

Becoming A Freemason

The very mention of the word “Freemason” conjures up images of secrecy, elitism male dominated society and in some cases – conspiracy theories. Are these ideas of what the Freemasons are an accurate depiction of this self-proclaimed “open organization” or is there more to this mysterious organization’s story?

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Bloodborne Pathogens Are Not Merely Limited to HIV and AIDS

Cells

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that exist within the blood and can be transmitted through unprotected contact with contaminated blood. There are a significant number of bloodborne pathogens currently known in the medical community; however, the average layperson tends to associate the term only with HIV and AIDS. In this article we will cover a number of bloodborne pathogens. Read on to find out more about the vast variety of bloodborne pathogens that are recognized by today’s medical community….

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