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The concept of sin runs throughout Christianity. From the Original Sin to our day-to-day sins, this one idea is part of a large theme of repentance and forgiveness. But many have wondered if there are any sins so heinous and so evil that they simply cannot be forgiven? The answer, much like the Devil, is in the details.

Types of Sin

For the non-religious, the concept of sin can seem strange and ridiculous. Sin as a construct then warrants more explanation. …

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Bluetooth is one of those features of the modern world that we don’t think about anymore. Like streetlights and next day delivery, we’ve become accustomed to the quick and simple ability to instantly connect our devices.

But it was not always so, and we likely wouldn’t have got here without a Toronto bar and a tenth-century Viking helping us along the way.

The Tech

This is how the late chef and host of the hit show Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain described the smell of the world’s most infamous fruit — Durian. It has also been described as smelling like sewage, stale vomit, used surgical swabs, a bunch of dead cats, and vomit-flavoured custard, yet it remains one of South East Asia’s favourite fruits, with a growing export market to daring foodies around the world. But why?

The King of Fruit

As the above the title suggests, Durian is highly prized in South East Asia where it originates. There are about 30 species of Durian, and while it’s native…

My mom rescued animals for much of her life, both formally and informally, and once I came along, I helped too. Time and time again, the same issues presented themselves and their issues that make meaningful progress in pet rescue nigh on impossible. Thankfully, they’re relatively cheap, easy, and accessible for most people and the easiest way for you to help out a struggling sector.

Neutering your pets

The sinking of the Titanic — Willy Stöwer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The sinking of the RMS Titanic has become notorious in maritime history, and still resonates in popular culture thanks in no small part to the 1997 film ‘Titanic’. It remains one of the worst peacetime sinkings in history claiming around 1,500 lives, many perishing in the frigid Atlantic waters.

Most of us know the details. Around 23:40 the Titanic smashed into the iceberg at full speed, the moonless night making the iceberg nigh impossible to see. At 00:00 the distress signal is sent out, while at 00:20 the first lifeboats are loaded with women and children, while at 00:25 the…

A ship in the night / Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on the planet. More than that, it is the largest thing on the planet, taking up one-third of the surface of the globe, being the same size as all combined land or all the other combined oceans and twice the size of the next biggest ocean, the Atlantic.

As humans, such vast scales are difficult to comprehend, but to the Polynesians, thousands of years ago, the Pacific Ocean and the tiny smattering of islands scattered amongst it fuelled perhaps the most ambitious feats of seafaring ever undertaken by humans.

The Polynesians

Bartolomé de Las Casas / Public Domain / Wikimedia

At the dawn of the 16th century on the island that today contains Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but was then known as La Española (today Hispaniola), a 28-year-old contemporary of Christopher Columbus would be one of many that sought fortune, fame, and converts in the New World.

His name was Bartolomé de Las Casas. Not quite a hero and not quite a villain, over his 81-year life he would embody both the horror and brutality of Spain’s conquest of the New World and the ideals of change that followed in its wake.

The Encomiendas

By now everyone is familiar with the…

Chairman Mao and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Peking (Beijing), 1958 — Library of Congress / Public Domain

When someone says Cold War, we immediately understand a few common concepts: East vs West. Communist vs capitalist. US vs USSR. The two superpowers fought numerous proxy wars throughout the 20th century, most infamously in Vietnam, and brought the world the closest it’s ever been to nuclear annihilation.

Such narratives, however, leave out one of the most important players in world politics at the time: the People’s Republic of China (PRC), usually referred to simply as Communist China. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that China’s ‘fall’ to Communism had on the West. …

Garlic Bread / Pixabay / Markus Distelrath

With 1 in 8 restaurants in America being ‘Italian’, it’s safe to say that Italian cuisine has conquered the world. However, go to many of these restaurants and you’re likely to find a lot of the same things: spaghetti and meatballs, pizza and, perhaps most infamously, for Italians, ‘garlic bread’. How did this latter dish become such a classic as to be famous the world over? Who were the originators of one of the world’s favourite appetizers?

Mist of time

It should be stated right out the gate that garlic bread is not Italian. The frozen, garlicky baguette-style loaves we find in the…

Taking of Jerusalem by the Crusaders, 15th July 1099 / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library / Public Domain

By 1099, the Crusaders’ religious ecstasy and determination had carried them from all corners of Christendom to fight the ‘Saracen’ menace, a truly amazing feat despite the horror they would bring to the region.

They had just emerged from the Siege of Antioch, which had been a bloody and brutal affair. After capturing the city, the Crusaders had found themselves almost immediately besieged by the Seljuk Turks from whom they’d captured it. …


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