History of cakes: The history of the Birthday Cake

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Why do we celebrate birthdays with birthday cake?

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate birthdays with cake? Why not fruit salad? Or chopped liver? The answer lies in the history of birthday celebrations. Continue reading

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Birthday Song History: Why do we sing the “Happy Birthday to you” song on birthdays?

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The Happy Birthday song is one of the most widely sung songs in the world. But when did the tradition of singing this merry tune begin?

The answer is around the late 1890s to early 1900s, but the story is not quite a simple one… Continue reading

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Why is the Jewish Holiday Tu b’shevat celebrated?

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(Other spellings and names for the holiday: tu b’shvat, tu bishvat, tu be shevat, tu b shvat, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎) Continue reading

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Anchor tattoo meaning: Why do people get anchor tattoos?

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Anchor tattoos are one of the oldest tattoo designs in the West and they are still popular today. Why do people get anchor tattoos? What does the anchor symbol mean? Continue reading

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How to be positive: How to overcome negativity

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If you feel yourself being more negative than you’d like to be, you’ve read the article about why people are negative and you’d really like to learn to be more positive, this article has been written especially for you. Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way to overcome negativity once and for all. Continue reading

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Why are people negative?

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Pessimism: It’s an unwanted epidemic of our times. It comes to us in a multitude of guises as people around us complain and spew forth negativity about their lives. They share how bad their life is, how difficult their relationships are, how little willpower they have to keep to their New Year’s resolution to work out more. They complain about their lack of money, their difficulty to find a job or if they do have a job, they complain about how much they hate it. They’re overweight, keep getting sick, feel tired and unhappy. It seems that they have much of what they don’t want and little of what they really do want.

Negativity is even rife in the ever-influential media, feeding our minds with bad news, tragedies, traumas, dramas and disasters. A BBC television program called “Grumpy Old Men” encourages viewers to enjoy watching grumpy middle aged men speak about everything that bothers them in the world.

Why are people so negative, and even more mysteriously, why do some people appear to revel in their negativity? Continue reading

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Salt cravings: Why do I crave salt?

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Some of us get salt cravings once in a blue moon whilst for others it’s a commonly occurring craving. It may express itself as an overwhelming desire for ready-salted chips, salty popcorn or even olives. With others you may find yourself salting everything in sight! Either way, what does craving salty foods say about you? Continue reading

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Good luck Symbols: Maneki neko: The lucky beckoning cat

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If you’re not Chinese or Japanese, you may not have heard the term “maneki neko” but you may well have seen one; most probably in a Chinese or Japanese restaurant or shop. Maneki neko is a good luck charm in the form of a cat figurine that has one paw raised in what looks like a kind of wave. It’s often nicknamed “the lucky waving cat”. Why would a waving cat be lucky? Continue reading

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Good Luck Charms: Why is the Rabbit’s Foot lucky?

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Even if most of us today don’t carry rabbits’ feet around with us, most of us are aware of them as a superstitious symbol of good luck. Why do we consider the rabbit’s foot lucky? Continue reading

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What is a hipster? and what’s the story behind hipster fashion?

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Have you ever seen a scruffily clad teen, 20-or 30-something wearing large, thick, black glasses (perhaps even without lenses!), possibly sporting a badge featuring nothing but a mysterious black mustache? Or perhaps you’ve noticed people who look like they’ve just stepped out of the 70s or 80s, wearing yesteryear t-shirts with images of old music bands and brands no longer familiar today. If you have, it’s possible you’ve spotted a hipster.

Hipsters can be identified by the way they dress, as described above, but these are external side-effects of their internal thinking. The true hipster is a hipster on the inside too. Continue reading

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