A co-worker shared me this story about New Year's Eve - Hogmanay:
What does Hogmanay actually mean and what is the derivation of the name? Why do the Scots more than any other nation celebrate the New Year with such a passion? Why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome first foot visitor after midnight, carrying a lump of coal and a slice of black bun?
2004: The Good News says every year at the end of December, major media outlets compile lists of the year's top stories. Television news stations compile poignant montages of the past 12 months. Inevitably, these images are tragicâ€”images of war, crime and natural disaster set to pensive music, only occasionally interrupted by shots of the team that won the Super Bowl, the World Series, or every four years, pictures from the Olympics. That's to be expected, of course. No news, as they say, is good news. Good news also tends to happen gradually, which makes it less conspicuous. Bad news happens in clumps. It makes itself known. In just a few hours, a hurricane or an earthquake can wipe out thousands of homes and businesses. The prosperity, wealth and rise in standard of living that created those homes and businesses took place over decades, if not hundreds of years. No one reports a new subdivision going up. Everyone's on the scene when a tornado takes one down. At the end of the year, itâ€™s easy to get so caught up with what's going on in Fallujah, the calamitous tsunamis that hit South Asia, or the threat of terrorism, that we overlook the overwhelmingly positive but subtler, more gradual trends lurking beneath the headlines.
email@example.com's story says the mystery of 'chirping' pyramid was decoded. Acoustic analysis shows how temple transforms echoes into sounds of nature. El Castillo's strange echoes have fascinated visitors for generations. A theory that the ancient Mayans built their pyramids to act as giant resonators to produce strange and evocative echoes has been supported by a team of Belgian scientists.
Worth1000's theme is on Animal Renaissance 4 that has classic paintings with a little something wild. There are 83 entries with a hybrid of sorts, between our Modern Renaissance contests (where we put modern celebrities into classic art) and our Animal Dressup contests (where we put animals in clothes, just like your little sister does).
BBC NEWS' article says computer generated imagery (CGI) is taking film a step further by bringing historical characters back to life on screen:
This BBC News story says Roman cosmetic secrets revealed. The fashion conscious women of Roman Britain used a tin-based foundation to get a pale and appealing look.