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Happy Fat Tuesday

This year the revelry of the carnival season will culminate on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in celebrations around the world before the start of Lent.

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Fragments of History: Fascinating Facts about the ‘Feel-Good Food’

Chocolate has been making Americans smile for at least 4,000 years now — South Americans, that is.

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The Full Moons of 2018

Here’s a list of the full moons of 2018 and what they symbolize.

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Fifties Flashback: America’s New Old Hero

While numerous historians have portrayed Davy Crockett as a brave folk figure, many others have blasted him as being a self-serving con artist.

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How ‘Trick or Treat!’ Took Over the World

Wherever you live, chances are that on Oct. 31 you’ll be visited by pirates, ghosts, princesses, and monsters crying, “Trick or treat!” at your front door. Costumes and going door-to-door for treats can be traced back to pagan and Christian rituals from the Middle Ages.

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Columbus’ Anchor Salvaged from the Depths

A team of explorers believes it has discovered an anchor from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships in the Caribbean.

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The Evolution of Independence Day

If Americans have one holiday in common, it’s the Fourth of July.

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Fragments of History: The Smartest Man in America

When it became clear that the American colonies would have to engage in a war for independence from England, Ben Franklin was made president of Pennsylvania’s defense committee.

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Fragments of History: ‘It’s All in Your Head!” – A Brief History of the Brain

Sometime during the Neolithic or Stone Age (6000–2000 BCE), a girl who suffered from epilepsy, migraines, depression, or a mental illness was treated by someone skilled in trepanation.

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