QUOTATIONS FROM HISTORY

Jerry Anderson   April 10, 2016   Comments Off on QUOTATIONS FROM HISTORY
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 Sometimes the words of the famous are so interesting that they bear repeating. Here are some of my favorites. “Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” -Napoleon “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” -Harry Truman “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present,… Read more »

A Short History of Winnie The Pooh: World War I, The Rolling Stones and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”

Jerry Anderson   March 18, 2016   Comments Off on A Short History of Winnie The Pooh: World War I, The Rolling Stones and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.”
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 It is bewildering how an event remembered for its violence and brutality coincidentally left us, as one of its most enduring legacies, a piece of innocence, joy and fun which will exist in our collective cultural memory forever. World War I is the event in question that is still studied by historians today because of its monstrous and exorbitant death… Read more »

MURDER AT THE DINNER TABLE, MANNERS, KNIVES, FORKS…AND “COURTESY.”

Jerry Anderson   March 9, 2016   Comments Off on MURDER AT THE DINNER TABLE, MANNERS, KNIVES, FORKS…AND “COURTESY.”
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 Until the early 1600s knives that were placed at a dinner table had sharp points. Many people ate with their hands and had no utensils of any kind. In France during the reign of King Louis XIII a famous historical figure named Duc de Richelieu ( better known to us as Cardinal Richelieu) was both a Cardinal of the Catholic… Read more »

Why do we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes?

Jerry Anderson   February 29, 2016   Comments Off on Why do we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes?
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 In the 7th century A.D. it was common practice for people to respond to someone sneezing by saying words that meant, in effect, “congratulations,” “good job,” or “way to go.” This was done because it was believed that sneezing was the body’s attempt to expel the devil or an evil spirit from the body. Sneezing was a positive thing, the… Read more »

What Did Jesus Actually Look Like? Plus, Prayer And The Pretzel.

Jerry Anderson   February 24, 2016   Comments Off on What Did Jesus Actually Look Like? Plus, Prayer And The Pretzel.
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 The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “christos” which means “messiah.” Forensic anthropologists, geneticists, and other scientists have come up with a picture of Jesus much different from the one most of us are familiar with (such as the one below). Using the best techniques available to science, they have come up with a “best guess” image of what… Read more »