Recreational marijuana use didn’t become an issue in the United States until after the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s, when immigrants arriving in the US brought with them their intoxicant of choice. “Marijuana” was Mexican slang for a psychoactive variety of the plant Cannabis sativa, of which a non-psychoactive variety known as hemp had been
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In April 2018, Pope Francis made an announcement about the importance of baptism in Christian life. The baptismal process, he commented, represents a significant change in a person’s life. Many Christians celebrate that baptismal process as a type of entrance into their religion. John the Baptist is considered by many to have started the tradition
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They say that nothing stays hidden forever. Indeed, we’re finding the answers to long-running questions on a seemingly regular basis. Even the truth behind the world’s most enduring secrets might someday see the light of day. It’s impossible to predict when new developments will happen in old mysteries. A chance discovery here, a deathbed confession
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The Cheka, GPU, NKVD, MGB, and KGB. These are just a few of the names and acronyms for the same thing: the terrifying secret police apparatus of the Soviet Union. Following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, Russia’s Communists used repressive violence to quash any semblance of political resistance. During this reign of terror, the various
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Certain places in the world are having problems with that one thing most of us prefer not to discuss: poop. When you visit these places, there is the likelihood (but not a certainty) that you will find feces just lying around. Even if you don’t, you definitely won’t miss the unmistakable stench. These malodorous issues
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In the 16th century, Christians were afraid of puppets, even believing that they were demonic because it was impossible to identify the source of a puppet’s voice. With a reboot of Puppet Master underway and the legacy of other scary films’ puppets like Billy in Saw, it’s safe to say that many of us are
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