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What Is a ZIP Code?

ZIP Codes, five digit numbers that represent small areas of the United States, were created by the United States Postal Service in 1963 to aid in the …

Maps

Say it With Flowers - But Not *These* Flowers

Pretty much since the dawn of human civilization, flowers have carried symbolic import—witness the verse from the Song of Solomon, "I am the rose of …

A Profile of Convicted Serial Killer Charles Manson

Charles Manson is a convicted serial killer who has become an icon of evil. In the late 1960s, Manson founded a hippie cult group known as "the …

Crime

10 Math Tricks That Will Blow Your Mind

Are you ready to give your mathematics skills a boost? These simple math tricks can help you perform calculations more quickly and easily. They also …

Mathematics

Tips and Tricks for Identifying the 3 Major Types of Rocks

In geology, pictures of rocks can be used to help you best determine which of the three major types a particular rock belongs to: igneous, …

Geology

Here's What Happens When You Add Salt to Boiling Water

Why do you add salt to boiling water? There are a couple of answers to this common cooking question.<p>Salting Water for Cooking<p>Usually, you add salt to …

Recipes

The Biggest Countries in the World

If you take a look at a globe or a map of the world, it's not too hard to find the largest country, Russia. Covering more than 6.5 million square …

Argentina

How Rodney King Became a Symbol of the Troubled Relationship Between Police and the Black Community

Rodney King became a household name after images surfaced of him taking a life-threatening beating by four white police officers from the Los Angeles …

Policing

Here's a List of the 10 Most Talked-About Animal Rights Issues

Edited by Michelle A. Rivera<p>The top 10 animals rights issues, based on effects on animals, the numbers of animals affected, and the numbers of people …

Animal Rights

Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence

The next time you walk into a classroom full of students leaping mid air, painting passionately, singing soulfully, or writing madly, it's likely you …

Pedagogy

Factory Farming: Why It Is Exists and How To End It

Factory farming is the intensive confinement of farmed animals raised for food and was invented by scientists in the 1960s who knew that there was no …

Agriculture

Sidney Poitier Made His Mark with These 7 Films

With an elegant and quietly commanding personality, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Because …

Black History

Shark Attacks and How to Prevent Them

Even though you're more likely to die from a lightning strike, alligator attack or on a bicycle than from a shark attack, sharks do sometimes bite …

Oceans

Teresa of Avila: Medieval Saint and Reformer, Doctor of the Church

Like Catherine of Siena, the other woman named Doctor of the Church with Teresa of Avila in 1970, Teresa also lived in turbulent times: the New World …

Religion

Meet the Man Behind Sherlock Holmes

<b>Arthur Conan Doyle</b> created one of the world's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes. But in some ways the Scottish-born author felt trapped by the …

Literature

8 Fascinating Facts About Barracuda

The barracuda is sometimes portrayed as an ocean menace, but does it deserve such a reputation? This common fish has threatening teeth and a habit of …

Scuba Diving

The Colossal Squid Is a Real-Life Sea Monster

Tales of sea monsters date back to the days of ancient mariners. The Norse tale of the Kraken tells of tentacled sea monster big enough to engulf and …

Biological Species

8 Classic Poems About Sailors and the Sea

The sea has beckoned and entranced for eons, and it's been a powerful, inevitable presence in poetry from its ancient beginnings, in Homer’s "Iliad" …

Poetry

What Are the Major Lines of Latitude and Longitude on a World Map?

Three of the most significant imaginary lines running across the surface of the Earth are the equator, the Tropic of Cancer, and the Tropic of …

Astronomy

Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains Unsolved

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who stalked parts of Northern California from December 1968 through October 1969. Through a series of cryptic …

Crime

How Many of These Jazz Age Classics Have You Read?

In just a few years, the 1920s will be a hundred years in the past. This is significant, because that decade, while superficially celebrated in pop …

Literature

A Fascinating Chronological Timeline of Artist Paul Gauguin's Life

The itinerant life of French artist Paul Gauguin can tell us a lot more about this Post-Impressionist artist than just location, location, location. …

Art History

Palettes of the Masters: Gauguin

If you’ve never been to a spot in the world where the colors around you change dramatically with the setting sun, as Gauguin experienced when he went …

Stock Markets

How Do Adult Daughters Handle Grieving the Loss of Their Mother?

<i>"A son’s a son till he takes a wife, a daughter’s a daughter for the rest of her life."</i><p>By and large, this old folk saying still rings true. …

Parenting

What Is the Translation of the "Sanctus"?

The Sanctus text is the oldest portion of the Mass in the Catholic Church and was added between the 1st and 5th centuries. Its purpose is to conclude …

Christianity

When and How Did Apartheid Start in South Africa?

The doctrine of apartheid ("separateness" in Afrikaans) was made law in South Africa in 1948, but the subordination of the black population in the …

South Africa

Why Does the U.S. Refuse to Ratify CEDAW?

Because the U.S. is a leading proponent of international women's rights, it is confusing that the nation won't ratify CEDAW, the United Nations …

Congressional Committees

10 Great Aftermarket Wheels to Dress Up Your Car

If you're a car enthusiast and want to make your vehicle stand out, aftermarket wheels are a great way to do so. You can spend as little as a couple …

Honda Civic

What Are the Basics of Nikah, the Islamic Marriage Contract?

"In Islam, the marriage between a bride and groom is a legal contract, known as <i>Nikah.</i> The Nikah ceremony is one part of several steps of a marriage …

Weddings

What Does "Agnus Dei" Mean?

The liturgical prayer known as the Agnus Dei is written in Latin. The words "Agnus Dei" translate into English as "Lamb of God" and it is a chant …

Rome