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The historical reason why we wear costumes on Halloween

National Geographic has an interesting article about the history of (and the business of) Halloween. In addition to sacrificing animals to the gods and gathering around bonfires, Celts often wore costumes—probably animal skins—to confuse spirits, perhaps to avoid being possessed, according to the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of

Stone Age burial artifacts found in Sweden

A collection of 9,000-year-old artifacts has been uncovered at a site in central Sweden. Parts of a bow, a paddle, and the wooden shaft of an axe are among the discoveries recently unearthed from the Stone Age settlement Kanaljorden outside of Motala, according to local media reports. “Totally unbelievable,” project leader Fredrik

Mummified viking-era trees found in Norway

40 mummified Scotch pines, dating back to the early 1200s, have been found near a fjord in Norway. The find astounded researchers, since most dead trees decay as they are eaten by tiny organisms, said research leader Terje Thun, a biologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. "Here

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