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46 years after her death, the Catholic Church beatified Bernadette, the first step toward canonization as a saint. During the years of investigation, her life and her death were examined in detail. Her body was exhumed more than once, and initially found free of advanced decomposition, a condition known as "incorruptibility".
Tokyo Rose was an appellation thrown out by Allied servicemen during WWII in reference to English-speaking women broadcasting propaganda from Japan. Tokyo Rose was not a real woman; but one real woman was accused of, and went to prison for, allegedly being this fictional woman. Her name was Iva Ikuko Toguri d'Aquino.
In strange male-female pairings one may ask what a certain woman might see in a certain man, believed to be not in the same league as the woman. Eva Braun's relationship with Adolf Hitler, perhaps history's most reviled man, was one such "Beauty & the Beast"-style relationship.
Patsy Cline is a must read for any fan--it is a trip down memory lane and a picture gallery of nostalgic country stars of the past. If you are a music lover, you will probably truly love this piece. It is all about one of the most admired, remembered and cherished American singers to ever record a song and you'll be able to hear her too!
History and pop culture can be at odds many times with respect to an event or a certain historic figure. The name "Bligh" conjures up images of an abusive, megalomaniac British naval captain of the "Mutiny on the Bounty" infamy. However, it was not Bligh, the commanding officer of "HMS Bounty", who was the wrongdoer in the events leading to the well-known mutiny. It was the spoiled dilettante, Fletcher Christian, who was the true villain of the "Bounty" Mutiny.
Civilization: A Short Unexpected Journey through a Religious Past is an article I believe will captivate the thinker--not because I have written it so well but because of the subject matter itself--Certainly if you are a member of one of the 3-big world religions, you will discover this article to be thought-prevoking if nothing else. It is after all your history and your future.
Jonathan "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman roamed the frontier Midwest of post-Revolutionary War America planting apple seeds. However, while he loved Nature and was perhaps a gentle and caring man he was no philanthropist: Johnny Appleseed's legendary apple trees had been planted for profit.
When changing our minds is necessary for bringing healing into our lives:
Many have said that the human mind is very powerful and that it is able to bring positive or negative results into our lives according to the way we think. One wise philosopher wrote, "there is no good...
A Most Unexpected History of America is indeed,a journey into a most thought-provking and often shocking past. While the text covers the historic roads well traveled, it is the "side trips" that promises to intrigue and excite you. It is a longer piece, packed with pictures, so poor a glass of wine or cup of coffee, lean back and enjoy...
A poor working-class widow, Mary Ann Cotton has passed into history as a vicious serial poisoner, mercilessly killing her loved ones for financial gain. She was vilified in the press most likely because of her station in life (as were more modern judicial victims, the early 1900s' Martha Rendell and the 1980s' Lindy Chamberlain of "the dingo ate my baby" infamy). Mary Ann's story, however, upon closer inspection may prove to be completely false; her execution may in fact have been one of history's more shameful miscarriages of justice.
We all know that with the push of a button, appliances and electronics help us get through our days a little more easily and efficiently. Spring is the perfect time to give back to our favorite household appliances by treating them to a thorough, deep cleaning. This article will provide easy tips to help clean and maintain some of your favorite household machines that will keep them fresh and clean every day. If you are the type of person who cleans up after each meal and maintains a cleanliness routine, then you are off to a great start!
How to Make a Home More Green Energy EfficientRecently, we have begun to witness an increased emphasis on the importance of environmental friendly, and energy efficient, technologies. The truth is, however, that the "green" movement isn't new by any means. Fortunately, there are many simple things that each and every one of us can do make our homes even that much more green energy efficient, that won't wreck or ruin a family who is living on a tight budget. If you have already begun thinking of ways to save money on your energy bills, then you have certainly reached this article in time. The smart changes that I present can really manifest in decreased energy bills, considerable savings, and a more eco-friendly consideration, especially in the long term.As a general background beyond society's desire to "go green", it has been shown that entire communities can benefit from these clear and distinct initiatives, whether pursued on the national level or within the confines of our own homes. After all, we have to begin somewhere. To make your home "green" simply means that you are taking the necessary steps to decrease our natural overconsumption of energy sources by using natural heating and cooling devices. Not only are we concerned about overconsumption of resources, but we are also concerned with providing renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar panels. These two energy sources, in particular, has also proven to be environmental friendly as well as cost effective in the long term. [read the rest]
Looking for things to do in New Orleans? New Orleans is a wonderful city, both to visit and to live in! There is so much culture, vibrancy, and tradition. Growing up in the Big Easy, there was always something to do, whether it be the world class attrctions like the Aquarium or Zoo, or visiting the French Quarter Market on a lazy Saturday. The city has really come back from Hurricane Katrina, and in a big way!
SkateboardingSkateboarding is an activity that has seen more evolution in its history than perhaps any other sport. First bursting onto the scene in California in the 1950s as a new way to "surf on land", skateboards have gone through countless stages since the original prototype--a simple wooden plank with two roller skate trucks nailed to the bottom. In the early days, skateboarding was considered an off-shoot of surfing. Often referred to as "sidewalk surfing", skateboarders used their basic wooden planks and wheels on land to emulate the feel of riding the waves. It wasn't until the rest of the country caught onto this new fad that it just blew up and became what we now see it as today--a highly competitive sport consisting of ridiculous stunts, tricks, and maneuvers using skateboards with perfect dimensions and intricate artwork. 1940s The first prototype of the modern skateboard was created. It was called the "Skeeter Skate", and it was made from aluminum and was ridden on four pedal-car style wheels. The surface of the Skeeter Skate was about 4 3/8 inches wide and 15 3/4 inches long. You could ride it with a handle attached or without one. Before the Skeeter Skate, a few other things came out resembling skateboards, but they never had steering; you could only go straight on them. This was the first skateboard-type device with axles that you could steer, known as "trucks". [read the rest]