by Fiona Blackwolf As I celebrated my recent birthday, I started thinking about the little rituals I have for myself that help me mark the start of a new year. I think we probably all have something that we do every year, whether it is a birthday party or a special dinner. How can we . . . → Read More: Birthday Rituals
By Simon Schama The 17th-century sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini did nothing by half. In his work, as in his private life, raw passion was his driving force. By Simon SchamaThe 17th-century sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini did nothing by half. In his work, as in his private life, raw passion was his driving force, writes Simon Schama Who . . . → Read More: When stone came to life
By Lester Haines
A Serbian man who went to a witchdoctor in search of a cure for premature ejaculation rather foolishly took the shaman’s advice, viz: have sex with a hedgehog. You know the rest: Zoran Nikolovic, 35, from Belgrade, ended up in the hospital with severe lacerations to his wedding tackle, according to Ananova. . . . → Read More: Witchdoctor prescribes sex with hedgehog
By Melanie McDonagh, The Telegraph There is, I am afraid, such a thing as being too clever by half. Pope Benedict is a case in point. He is a former academic and last week he addressed a gathering of other academics at a university in Regensburg. In this congenial environment, he let himself go and . . . → Read More: A question of faith and religion
After the Pope’s recent comment that caused much controversy within the Muslim world and possibly launched reactions of backlash, the Pope is now apologizing. But what is he apologizing for?
“I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered . . . → Read More: Deeply Sorry For What?
By David Brown The Washington Post The first time Claudia Mitchell peeled a banana one-handed, she cried. It was several months after she lost her left arm at the shoulder in a motorcycle accident. She used her feet to hold the banana and peeled it with her right hand. She felt like a monkey. “It . . . → Read More: World’s first bionic woman controls her arm with thoughts
By JOHN STOSSEL and KRISTINA KENDALL In a world of survival of the fittest, it makes sense that animals are hard-wired with a basic instinct that has them making snap judgments about their predators. Some chimpanzees attack chimps that are of the same species, but not a part of their group. And some fish attack . . . → Read More: Psychology of Stereotypes
By CBC News Opposition to the Manitoba government’s attempt to ban smoking on First Nations land is growing, with an organization of northern chiefs announcing on Thursday it will challenge the move. Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin comprises chiefs from 30 northern First Nations, representing about 56,000 people. Grand chief Sydney Garrioch said his group “will . . . → Read More: Northern chiefs to challenge smoking ban
Through his language, man tries to designate things in such a way that his words will convey the meaning of what he intends to communicate. But sometimes he uses terms or images that are not strictly descriptive and can be understood only under cer-tain conditions. Take, for instance, the many abbreviations like UN, UNESCO, NATO, . . . → Read More: Symbols and the Interpretation of Dreams