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The Historical Origins Of The Witch

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Magic Circle. John William Waterhouse, 1886 Image Source: Wikipedia

A fearsome being of fairytale and myth, the witch has carved out a home in nearly every culture across the world and time. Indeed, the witch represents the dark side of the female presence: she has power that cannot be controlled.

While this time of year brings about depictions of aging, ugly, hook-nosed women surrounding their cauldrons and inflicting toil and trouble on the masses, history tells us that the witch’s origins are far less sinister. In fact, those whom we consider to be witches have often been healers.

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10 Questions You Have About China’s One-Child Policy But Are Too Afraid To Ask

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A Chinese baby in Xian. Image Source: Flickr/Carol Schaffer

China’s 35-year one-child policy is about to come to a close, the state run Xinhua-news agency reported this week. The 1980-enacted policy, which the government claims prevented approximately 400 million births, has met its end as the Chinese state hopes to “improve the balanced development of population” and deal with an aging population, according to a statement released by the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

This is a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. We provide an explainer on the policy — and what’s ahead — below:

What Is China’s One-Child Policy?

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Could You Spend Halloween Night In The Paris Catacombs?

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Image Source: Flickr

This Halloween, sleeping in the dark and dreary Paris catacombs is a real possibility. Earlier this month, apartment and room rental site Airbnb launched a promotion that would allow two individuals to spend Halloween night among the catacombs’ dead. To win, entrants simply had to write a 100-word max story explaining “why [they thought they] were brave enough to sleep in the Paris Catacombs.”

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