Author Archives: Lior

Easter Etymology: 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Why write a novel?

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 … Continue reading

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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?

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Origin of XOXO: XO Hugs and Kisses Symbols

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Crown History: Why does the Queen wear a crown?

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?

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: … Continue reading

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Why go to the dentist?

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 … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and Halloween: Jack o’lantern origins

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?

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Why do Italians wear blue soccer shirts?

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 … Continue reading

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