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The stunning Canadian actress Yvonne De Carlo, although perhaps best known as the iconic TV vampire Lily Munster in the 1960s, had a respected career as a leading lady in movies before then. She worked musical theater later in life. She was a favorite pin-up in the 1940s, she is a cult figure in the noir world, and her classic Hollywood glamour image has made her a pop culture icon.
Bernadette Soubirous, a mid-19th century French peasant girl, had visions of the Virgin Mary on 18 occasions in a small cave near the town of Lourdes. Her religious experience led to a media storm and a religious controversy still of interest today -- can divine miracles happen?
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".
The story of Islam, for those open-minded enough to explore it as a purely historical narrative, is as riveting as anything found in the classic collection of fantasy tales, The 1,001 Nights. And, much like The 1,001 Nights, Islam has its Scheherazade.
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.
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]
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]