Feliz Natal / Merry Christmas / Feliz Navidad / Joyeux Noël

AFRIKAANS geseënde Kersfees ALBANIAN gëzuar Krishtlindja ALSATIAN gleckika Wïanachta ARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid) ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnund AZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarak BASQUE Eguberri on BELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem) BENGALI subho baradin BOSNIAN sretan Božić BRETON Nedeleg laouen BULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda) BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw pa CATALAN bon… Read More

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

A little more than 110 years ago, the New York Sun journalist Frank Church published an answer to a question from an eight year old girl: Is there a Santa Claus? The editorial, which included the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in… Read More

Ho ho ho! The Legend of Santa Claus

Nicholas was born to a wealthy Christian family in Patara in around 280 AD. The place is near Myra in modern-day Turkey. He was so kind and pious that he helped anyone who came his way and soon many legends about his good deeds became popular. Later, he became the Bishop of Myra. He had… Read More

Merry Christmas in all languages / Feliz Natal em todos os idiomas

AFRIKAANS geseënde KersfeesALBANIAN gëzuar KrishtlindjaALSATIAN gleckika WïanachtaARABIC ميلاد مجيد (miilaad majiid)ARMENIAN Shnorhavor Surb tsnundAZERI Noel bayraminiz mubarakBASQUE Eguberri onBELARUSIAN З Божым нараджэннем (Z Bozym naradzenniem)BENGALI subho baradinBOSNIAN sretan BožićBRETON Nedeleg laouenBULGARIAN весела коледа (vesela koleda)BURMESE Christmas nay hma mue pyaw paCATALAN bon NadalCHEROKEE ulihelisdi danisdayohihviCHINESE 圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè)CORNISH Nadelek lowenCORSICAN bon NataleCROATIAN sretan… Read More

Black Friday 2022

The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made: that retailers traditionally operated… Read More

Confusing words: Then and Than

THAN is used in comparative statements. ~ Another pair of words that I see misused far more often than not is than and then. ~ He is taller than I am. ~ Other than the interest on a small inheritance, he had no income. ~ Today’s students certainly do seem to read less than students in… Read More

The science of charismatic voices

When a right-wing Italian politician named Umberto Bossi suffered a severe stroke in 2004, his speech became permanently impaired. Strangely, this change impacted Bossi’s perception among his party’s followers — from appearing authoritarian to benevolent. Now researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles think they know why. Probing the vocal presence of charisma across… Read More

What’s in laughter?

Human beings love to laugh, and the average adult laughs 17 times a day. Humans love to laugh so much that there are actually industries built around laughter. Jokes, sitcoms and comedians are all designed to get us laughing, because laughing feels good. For us it seems so natural, but the funny thing is that… Read More

Dogs align their bodies along a North-South axis when they poop, and that is amazing!

Ever wonder why dogs need to get themselves into just the right position to do their business? As it turns out, dogs align their body axis according to Earth’s magnetic field when they squat to poop—a behavior that changes when the magnetic field is unstable. But why do they do it? The results of the… Read More