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The Shift From Burials To Cremation In Western Culture

How journalist Jessica Mitford helped spark a cultural shift in our end-of-life practices

A popular joke goes a little something like this: one fish swims up to another fish and asks, “How’s the water?” The other fish responds, “What the hell is water?” David Foster Wallace and Derek Sivers have used this joke … Continue reading

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Unlucky Number Thirteen

A look at the history behind why thirteen is considered an unlucky number in Western culture

Friday the 13th is upon us once again. What better way to celebrate the unluckiest day of the year than by looking at why the number 13 so concerns those of us from the Western world? In fact, the origin of 13 as an … Continue reading

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