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  • Assyrian Gateway Human Headed Winged Lions 'Lamassu' from the North West Palace of Ashurnasirpal II in Nimrud. Background: Balawat Gates.
    'Poems of Heaven and Hell': Mesopotamian Poetry, Stories & Lots of Introduction
    This short book contains three well-known Mesopotamian stories: the Babylonian creation epic (Enuma Elish), Inanna’s Journey to Hell, (better known as Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld) and the story of Adapa, a man whose close...
  • The alkaline water myth hype you could die just having sex
    The alkaline water myth hype you could die just having sex
    The pH balance of the body is not a tricky as it seems. The body is a miraculous healing device left alone to its own. Alkaline is not a single pH in the body, certain organs and tissues need to be acidic in order to function properly. Skin is...
  • British researchers prove healthy obesity is just a phase
    British researchers prove healthy obesity is just a phase
    The multiple claims of healthy obesity are little more than mythology according to new research conducted by researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in England. The study also demonstrates...
  • Why do some people attack St. Nick?
    The truth and lies of Santa Claus
    Sometimes, being a deep thinker can be a bad thing.I often find myself over analyzing things: Cartoons have political agendas; history in docu-dramas is often exaggerated or made up; science fiction contains bad science. I cannot count how many...
  • Wishes and Sorrows’ by Cindy Lynn Speer
    Book review: ‘Wishes and Sorrows’ by Cindy Lynn Speer
    Wishes and Sorrowsis a well-written short story fantasy collection that interweaves myth, magic, romance, and fairytale elements. At times, the writing is darker and bordering on horror.The 14 stories in this collection range from the melancholic,...
  • Want “democracy?” Ditch electoral college, switch to PR & public funding
    Want “democracy?” Ditch electoral college, switch to PR & public funding
    It’s bad enough, the game is rigged. The "real money" never changes hands. For that reason, the holders of that wealth are like immortals, vampires they transcend the barriers that hold the rest of us back and withhold...
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    Surname changes in genealogy
    How many times have you heard the line: My ancestor had his name changed at Ellis Island? This is one of the most common myths (along with the three brothers story and the Indian princess story) in genealogy.Scenario 1An Irish man came to the...
  • Winter's tale
    A Winter's Tale, is more than what it appears
    Winter’s Tale:Rated “PG-13” (1 hour, 58 Minutes)Starring:Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William HurtDirected by:Akiva Goldsman From what the trailer of this film presents to us, this is a...
  • Return on remodel
    Real estate folly: Remodeling is a great investment before selling your home
    One of the more common misconceptions people have before listing their home is the need to remodel or do major updates to their property in order to bring a higher sale price.Painting is fine and so is new carpet but experience has taught me the...
  • A short history of Plymouth Rock
    A short history of Plymouth Rock
    Recently, vandals painted the renowned Plymouth Rock with one word: “LIES.” A symbol of the Pilgrims landing in 1620, Plymouth Rock was once part of a much larger rock formation, but it was broken, and over time, chipped away by...
  • Do you actually practice Hatha-Yoga or simply stretching the body by postures?-1
    Do you actually practice Hatha-Yoga or simply stretching the body by postures?-1
    Everyone claims to know what Hatha-Yoga is by knowing the names of few postures, practicing and sweating like any modern exercise fitness regime. The greatest myth about Hatha-Yoga is that it is stretching of the body and separate from meditation....
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    "Pinned to the Grave"
    "Pinned to the Grave: Fear of the (un)Dead in Greek Sicily."On Thursday, November 21, at the Cathedral of Learning Room G24 at 4pm the Department of Classics at the University of Pittsburgh presents a lecture by Dr. Carrie L. Weaver.The...
  • How The Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Face of Nazism
    How The Jews Defeated Hitler
    Author: Benjamin GinsbergPublisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers IncISBN: 978-1-4422-2238-0Benjamin Ginsberg informs us in his introduction to How The Jews Defeated Hitler: Exploding the Myth of Jewish Passivity in the Face of Nazism that...
  • Artistic view of a hairbrush that is loaded with hair
    Is your hair dead or alive? And where is it?
    Water isn't the only thing that goes down your drains. Nor is your hairbrush the only place your hair goes when it falls out. And everyone's hair falls out. The average human scalp naturally loses about 100 strands of hair each day. These...
  • Effortless perfection
    Trying to be perfect takes toll on girls
    "The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life" ($16, Berkley Publishing Group), by Ana Homayoun, is a guide to helping girls find a sense of purpose in a stress-filled world...
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