religion
History
Tomb of Jesus Re-Opens Following a $4 Million Restoration Project
The shrine hadn’t been restored since 1810, after nearly being destroyed by a fire.... READ ON
Animals
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles: The Patron Saint of Cats (More or Less)
Patrick isn't the only saint celebrated on March 17.... READ ON
News
Nike Has Designed a 'Pro Hijab' for Muslim Athletes
The head scarf will go on sale early next year.... READ ON
Weird
There's a Wire Above Manhattan That You've Probably Never Noticed
It's 18 miles long.... READ ON
News
There Are Now Only Two Living Members of the Shaker Faith
One of the group's three remaining worshippers, Sister Frances Carr, 89, died Monday.... READ ON
List
11 Festive Facts About Hanukkah
Don't worry about spelling it wrong.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
9 Archaeological Sites of Biblical Importance
Archaeology might raise more questions about the bible than it answers, but that doesn’t stop millions of religious tourists from flocking to the Holy Land every year to walk in the footsteps of figures like Jesus and Moses.... READ ON
Retrobituaries
Polymath, Mystic, and Saint Hildegard von Bingen
She was a smasher of stained-glass ceilings.... READ ON
History
St. Nick's Real Hometown Is an Ancient City in Turkey Entombed in Mud
Welcome to Myra, where a Greek bishop became a power player in early Christianity.... READ ON
Art
See 500-Year-Old Miniature Boxwood Carvings in Toronto
Some of these tiny, intricate religious scenes have never been on display in North America before.... READ ON
Politics
The Legal Reason Why Public Christmas Displays Often Feature At Least One Reindeer
When government buildings start celebrating the winter holidays, things can get complicated.... READ ON
List
10 Things You Might Not Know About Advent
There's more to it than chocolate-filled calendars.... READ ON
Animals
Meet Khanzir, the Only Pig in Afghanistan 
The swine may be lonely, but he's also famous and well-cared for.... READ ON
Language
English-Yiddish Dictionary Breathes New Life Into a Historic Language
The "Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary" is the first work of its kind to be published in nearly 50 years.... READ ON
News
Take a Once-in-a-Lifetime Look Inside the Tomb Where Jesus Was Supposedly Buried
The tomb was recently opened for the first time in centuries.... READ ON
Stones, Bones & Wrecks
'Cursed' Medieval Well Uncovered in England
St. Anne's Well was once believed to cure skin and eye diseases.... READ ON

The name "The Birdman of Alcatraz" is a bit of misnomer: Robert Stroud was allowed to keep birds when he was incarcerated at Leavenworth, but not when he was transferred to Alcatraz.

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