Most of us are pretty keen on staying out of prison. We have good reason, too. Part of the idea behind imprisonment is to deter criminal offenses. But this wasn’t always the case in Western societies. In the 16th and 17th centuries, a prison existed only as a place to hold offenders before their…
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Easter is here once again. Around the world, it is a time when we consume copious quantities of chocolate brought to us by small, furry mammals. It is traditionally the time for Easter egg hunts, bonnet parades, and chocolate bunnies. The origins of Easter celebrations date back to pagan times, when…
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When we read about catastrophes, food is usually the last cause we think of. Natural disasters such as fires, floods, cyclones, and tsunamis usually come to mind, or there’s the suffering brought on by drought, war, and famine. Industrial disasters have also been fairly common throughout history,…
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