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There are many quotes about history repeating itself. So does that mean that Jurassic Period Animals (aka dinosaurs) will return? Okay…probably not but it’s fun learning about Jurassic Period Facts. If you’re not a science kinda person and more of a religion buff check out our article on the Twelve Disciples. History is a fun subject and exploring the world is exciting.

Jurassic Period Animals: More than Just Dinos

Dino

As the Jurassic period dawned and Earth waved goodbye to the Triassic period and many of the dinosaurs which thrived during that time, it also ushered in a new time of animal life. A variety of events which occurred at the end of the Triassic period and during the Jurassic period gave rise to many more species of animals as well as much more diversity within the species. As the temperature rose and humidity increased the vegetation became much denser and much more able to sustain much more animal life. The Jurassic period became a time of population explosion and while the animals that roamed the Earth are perhaps a little less recognized than the monsters of the Cretaceous period, they were still animals the likes of which the Earth had never seen before.... Read More »

What Are Blood Diamonds? How to Buy an Ethical Diamond

Person mining: What Are Blood Diamonds?

Are all diamonds a girl's best friend? Not by any means, and you should know why. You probably know that not all diamonds are created equal regarding cut, clarity and other features. But do you know that some diamonds come with an ethical target on their back? We're talking about blood diamonds. These diamonds originate from sources you don't want to support. But what exactly is a blood diamond? Keep reading for the information you need to know... Read More »

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... Read More »

The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving table

What is the meaning of Thanksgiving? This American holiday has become a part of our collective traditions. Holidays are not only a time for festive feasts and merry-making; they also serve as representatives of a nation’s identity. So when we ask, What is the meaning of Thanksgiving, we are also considering who we are. Therefore, this question really concerns what Thanksgiving says about the traits and qualities of Americans. Who are we? And how does Thanksgiving embody our collective identity? Read More »

How to Throw An End of the World Party

Calendar

As we move closer to December 21st, 2012, aka, the end of the Mayan Calendar Cycle (read more about how the Mayan Calendar works), or as some predict, when the world will end (read more about the 2012 end of the world predictions) the comments from you, our readers, are pouring in! We love to hear all your ideas, philosophies, theories and debates about what will happen come 12/21/12. We invite you to keep the discussion going, but for the sake of having a little fun, we thought we'd start giving you some ideas, tips and ways to celebrate the "end"... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

How Does the Mayan Calendar Work?

Mayan calendar

The Mayan calendar has a long and deep history. But its premise is quite simple. Maybe not as simple as our Roman calendar, however. One of the defining characteristics of our Roman calendar is that it is based on various cycles. From minutes, to hours, days, weeks, months - we divide our calendar into increments that repeat on their own cycle... Read More »