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B612 Foundation: Saving The Human Race

Earth: B612 Foundation

Ever wonder if the human race will get wiped out like the dinosaurs? Perhaps there’s a way we can prevent it. The B612 Foundation is a foundation focused on building, launching and operating a space telescope with the intent of monitoring threatening asteroids. Below we will take a look at the story behind the foundation, the mission of the foundation, the B612 foundation goals and how you can get involved…

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Easy and Delicious Panang Curry Recipe

Bowls of Thai curries

I’m not sure why it took a backpacking trip through North and South Thailand to get me hooked on Thai food, but it certainly did the trick. My favorite food for the past decade continues to be Thai, and I’m especially partial to authentic Thai curries.I’m particularly fond of Panang curry….

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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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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?

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The End of the World and the 2012 Planetary Alignment

Milky way galaxy

Since the Mayan calendar is based on cycles, December 21, 2012 merely indicates the end of a cycle that began on August 11, 3114 BC. While there are wild interpretations as to what this date means, and many holiday resorts are booked out on this day, there is no evidence from any Mayan literature suggesting that the world will come to an end…

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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”…

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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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The Ultimate London Restaurant Guide

Street sign in London

When you travel, one of the best ways to get to know the culture is to eat the local food. So when we travel, we do a lot of it – eat that is. My parents (who we recently traveled to London with) tend to do a bit of homework in advance via guides and recommendations from friends as well as Frommer’s. Our bellies greatly appreciated this extra planning effort. So here’s a recap of our caloric intake in London, England, during the summer of 2013…

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Dining in Spain: A Guide To Mallorca Restaurants

Mallorca restaurant

Delicious tapas, cold sangria and cervezas, laid back lifestyle, all in the magical and beautiful backdrop of the coast? What’s not to love about Mallorca. Mallorca, a Balearic island off the coast of Spain, it is a hidden gem if you ask me. Just a short flight from London (or direct flights to dozens of other European destinations) it is full of history, charm and a perfect mix of both sightseeing and relaxation. There are cathedrals, museums and of course shopping. And all extremely affordable. My first time to Mallorca, and hopefully not my last. I wanted to recap some of the places we stumbled upon as tourists in hopes that it would be useful for others should they get so lucky to experience this place (aka heaven on earth)…

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Westvleteren: Home to the Best Beer in the World

Westvleteren beer cap

During college I studied abroad for a semester in Paris, France. During this time. I made the most of living in Europe by visiting many countries but my favorite among them was Belgium. The unique architecture, the cute cafés and squares, the rich history, the beautiful canals and the food were all so inviting. So inviting in fact that 10 years later my husband and I returned. But this time I arrived with a true itinerary in mind that orbited around Belgian beer. The world’s best beer: Westvleteren…

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How to Spend Your 3 Days in Seminyak Bali

Water in Seminyak Bali

So you’ve only got three days to spend in Bali, Indonesia. Where will you go and what will you do? We considered Kuta Beach but found it to be more of a party scene than the tranquil experience we were seeking. So we looked a little further north but not too far from the airport since we were only there for such a short time. This led us to Seminyak…

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Bocas del Toro Hotels on the Water

Bocas del Toro Hotels on the Water

Have you ever wanted to stay in an overwater bungalow? Bocas Del Toro, Panama has some of the best, and they’re more affordable than you might think. I give you my first hand review of a hotel over the water I stayed in for my 40th birthday, as well as a gorgeous, secluded hotel in the jungle that rounded out our trip and left us wanting more sun, surf, and fun!…

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