Easter Etymology: Why is Easter called Easter?

Why is Easter called Easter? When we looked at the origins of Christmas traditions, we discovered that some Christian traditions have pagan origins. So perhaps it is not too surprising that Christian and pagan elements also blended together to create the celebration of Easter. In fact, the word “Easter” is derived from pagan origins. Continue reading

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British Money: Who are the people on UK Bank Notes?

British Pound United Kingdom bank notes money
Say, why do I see these people on English banknotes?

Since the 1960s, the Bank of England has been printing significant people from British history on the official British banknotes. Most of us handle bank notes every day, but if I were to ask you to close your eyes and tell me who the people on the British bank notes are, would you be able to name them?

Even upon digging into wallets and pulling out the notes, most people may be surprised to find that they don’t recognise some of the historic figures honoured on English bank notes. But fear not! The answers are close at hand! Continue reading

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Why write a novel?

Man's hand taking a book from a stack of books poster When you talk to people about their dreams or about their bucket list, a very common one you’ll hear is: “I want to write a book one day”. Your average person who has this dream knows that they want to write because they feel like it, and they leave it at that, not giving it much deeper thought. This article is for anyone who is looking to understand their own dream if they have an urge to write a novel, or for anyone who doesn’t share the desire to write a book and is looking to understand this dream that some people have. Continue reading

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Why do Chinese use Chopsticks?

Why do Chinese use Chopsticks Ever wondered why you’re presented with chopsticks rather than a knife and fork at Chinese restaurants and in traditional Chinese households? Continue reading

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Origin of XOXO: XO Hugs and Kisses Symbols

XOXO hugs and kisses

With the popularity of emails, SMS messages, online chat and the TV show Gossip Girl, it’s very common to see people signing off with “x kisses” or xoxo hugs and kisses. But have you ever stopped to wonder the origin of the xoxo hugs and kisses symbols? Continue reading

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Crown History: Why does the Queen wear a crown?

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Have you ever wondered why the Queen wears a crown? Would you be surprised to hear it has a religious origin?
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GR and ER Post Box: What does it mean?

Red British Post box - GR postbox If you live in the United Kingdom or have recently visited, you may have noticed that British red post boxes have some writing on them. There are two most common post boxes that can be categorized by their embossed writing:

  • The GR post box
  • The ER post box.

What is the meaning of these letters on the postboxes? Continue reading

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Why go to the dentist?

Peace Love Dental Hygiene Poster Guest article contribution co-written by Richard Keane & Li-Or

Most of us in the Westernized world are familiar with the dentist’s office, and many of us are equally familiar with the butterflies and unease that accompany an impending visit to the dentist. For these people, they may find themselves asking: “Do I have to go to the dentist?” This article looks a little into why a visit to the dentist can be useful and important. Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Halloween: Jack o’lantern origins

Pumpkin Kitten Halloween Card

When you start seeing pumpkins showing up in unusually copious amounts everywhere, you can safely bet that Halloween is round the corner!

But what’s with all the pumpkins? And how did the whole Halloween pumpkin carving / Jack-o’-lantern tradition start? Continue reading

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Why do Italians wear blue soccer shirts?

Blue Italian Soccer Shirt

Every time the World Cup or Euro Cup soccer is on, I find myself wondering why the Italian football shirts are blue. Common sense dictates that it should be green, white or red like the flag – so where did blue enter the equation?

This year whilst watching the Euro 2012 final between Italy and Spain, I finally resolved to investigate and here’s what I found: Continue reading

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