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American Thanksgiving

The American Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday. It is celebrated by many as a time to look around and consider the things you may be thankful for. It is condemned my others as a time to remember the injustices committed … Continue reading

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Back to School Advice

It’s back to school time, and here’s a bit of time-tested advice for university and college students: Socializing is an important part of the school experience, and I think this advice would be pertinent for anyone trying to make a … Continue reading

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Understanding history

Eratosthenes of Cyrene (c.276 BC-c.195 BC) was a Greek mathematician, geographer, poet, astronomer, and music theorist. He was the first person to calculate the circumference of the earth by using a measuring system using stades, or the length of stadiums … Continue reading

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Family Home

The Underhay family home, currently occupied by my brother, has been declared a historic property under Canadian Register of Historic Places. Here is the write-up:

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Surviving the Apocalypse

We all know that the world will end in a few weeks, once the Mayan calendar winds down. However, there is one place in the world where you can be safe from impending doom—Bugarach, France. Unfortunately, I have only heard … Continue reading

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Our Alien Overlords

Arthur C. Clarke’s 3rd law, “Any sufficiently advance science is indistinguishable from magic,” certainly applies to those who integrate religion and science fiction. This integration has played a large part in many major, and not so major, religions, as well … Continue reading

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The Great Span

It is sometimes easy to forget just how short 150 years are when viewed from a human lifespan. The First World War ended 94 years ago, and the last combatants have only passed away in the last few years. There … Continue reading

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Giant Reptiles and Giant Humans

Around the world and around the web, there are newspapers and magazines that publish a mixture of straight-up news and editorials along side of the most outrageous and farfetched fairy tales. One such is The Canadian. In The Canadian, you … Continue reading

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Prefenestration

Throw papa from the window, perhaps one on the train. Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. Defenestrations, as political executions, happened twice in the history of Prague, in 1419 and again in 1618. … Continue reading

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More on Cannibalistic Medicine

I have had a couple of posts on the use of body parts in medicine. The first last fall, was about the use of placenta in post-partum women. The other, just a couple of days ago, focused on the Korean … Continue reading

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