Imagine a society where women, not men, hold most of the household power: property is passed from mother to her youngest daughter and husbands move in with their mother-in-laws after marriage. Now imagine that place existing in India, a country that’s frequently criticized for ongoing violence and discrimination against women.
One of the few truths in life is that you’re not always going to get it right on your first try. This is especially true when your goal is to become an…
History often gets condensed to bite-sized pieces. In fact, some of history’s most significant people and events are often remembered through a snappy one-liner. The problem is that, even when reduced to a quick little aphorism, we don’t always get the quotes quite right. After being repeated thousands of times for hundreds of years, that’s quite understandable, but you might be surprised to find out that some of the most famous quotes of all time are wrong.
“There’s a sucker born every minute” – P.T. Barnum
Aching to sate your wanderlust this year? 2014 marked the debut of a number of exciting attractions, each offering something different to patrons. Here are some examples of brand new sights to see (and tours to take) from around the globe.
The Smithwick’s Experience, Kilkenny, Ireland
Smithwick’s is Ireland’s oldest beer, and if you prefer a brewery tour that’s a little out of the ordinary, then off to Kilkenny you go–there, you’ll experience not only a pint or two of the perfect ale, but a tour complete with re-enactments of the company’s history. Played out by local actors, holograms, and living portraits of the family who took their business from a small operation to a worldwide brand, the differences between Smithwick’s tour and other brewery tours are obvious. It opened in July 2014, and has since received global acclaim.
A plague to rule them all, leprosy is very likely the oldest infectious disease in human history. Written accounts of the disease — sometimes referred to as Hansen’s Disease—date as far back as 600 B.C., and the genetic evidence alone supports the existence of Leprosy infections in 100,000 year-old remains.
While many other human diseases have been around as long as human beings have–such as nutritional night blindness, tuberculosis and of course sexually transmitted infections (syphilis)–Leprosy’s social history is the one that is most inextricably linked with human evolution.