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Letter from Princess Mary to King Henry VIII, 1536.EXCERPT: 'Most humbly, obediently, and gladly lying at the feet of your most excellent majesty, my most dear and benign father and sovereign lord, I have this day perceived your gracious clemency and merciful pity to have overcome my most unkind and unnatural proceedings towards you and your most just and virtuous laws,' It is signed, 'Your grace's most humble and obedient daughter and handmaid, MARY'

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The origin and evolution of Santa Claus [Infographic]

What Santa is based on St Nicholas?! You don't say. Catholic children receive gifts from the magi, not wise men. There is a difference.

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Why we call it "the living room": In years passed, it was the habit to hold a deceased person's viewing and wake at home in the front parlor. During that time it was referred to as "the death room". The Ladies Home Journal in 1910 declared the "Death Room" as no more and henceforth the parlor would be known as the "Living Room".

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3D reconstruction of the position of the "Lovers of Valdaro", two fossilized skeletons (a man and a woman) dating back to 6000 years ago, discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in S.Giorgio near Mantova, Italy, in 2007.

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Mother Marie Dora was a Belgian nun who, during World War II, used her convent to hide Jewish children and allied airmen from the Nazis.(Photo: Notre Dame de Sion)