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DVD Giveaway – Instant Expert: The Mayflower

Congratulations to William Hayes and Mickey Houchen for winning last week's DVD giveaway of America: The Story of Us!This week's DVD giveaway is a copy of Instant Expert: The Mayflower, courtesy of A&E Home Entertainment:The epic saga of the pilgrims and their journey to and colonization of the New World is one of

Shakespeare in the original pronunciation

A professor from the University of Kansas has pieced together the original pronunciation of Shakespeare and is staging a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. “American audiences will hear an accent and style surprisingly like their own in its informality and strong r-colored vowels,” Meier said. “The original pronunciation

Dinosaur skull found in 16th century church

I thought this was particularly cool. A cross-section of a dinosaur skull has been found in a marble slab in the Cathedral of Vigevano in Italy. [Thx Catherine!] “The rock contains what appears to be a horizontal section of a dinosaur’s skull. The image looks like a CT scan, and

12 ancient sites on the verge of disappearing

National Geographic has compiled a list of 12 ancient places that are in danger of disappearing forever. Damaged frescoes in the Church of St. Gregory of Tigran Honents tell a story of neglect in the medieval city of Ani, now part of Turkey. Sitting in a militarized zone near the

Primates came from Asia, not Africa

Fossils of four ancient lemur-like creatures have been found in Libya, suggesting primates arose in Asia, not Africa. The conventional narrative of primate development places the origins of anthropoids — monkeys and apes, including humans — in Africa. Some paleontologists, however, think Asia is the more likely cradle for that

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