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The "Christmas Truce" of World War I

The “Christmas truce” of 1914, which took place between British and German troops stationed on the Western Front of WWI, left a lasting legacy of mutual respect, kindness, and honor. The unofficial cease-fire began after British troops responded to German caroling with Christmas songs of their own. Before long, the enemy soldiers were socializing, exchanging gifts, and even attending funerals together. How did officials opposed to the truce ensure that such a cease-fire would not happen again?

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Water Witching

Dowsing, also known as divining or water witching, is the practice of ascertaining the presence of underground water or minerals using a forked twig or a pendulum. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years, and while it may have originally been rooted in divination of the will of the gods, the practice was later associated with Satan. Many skeptics believe that dowsing successes result mostly from chance. What did the 1987 Munich study of more than 500 dowsers conclude?

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Jesus Christ

Most scholars agree that Jesus of Nazareth was a historical figure, a preacher and healer in Roman-occupied Palestine who was crucified in Jerusalem. He is the central figure in Christianity and an important prophet in Islam. Christmas, December 25th by the Gregorian Calendar, is celebrated as his birthday, although there is no evidence that this was his actual date of birth. In Eastern Christianity, Jesus' birth is generally celebrated on what date?

Last updated on Tuesday, 25th December 2007

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