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The Origins of Superstitions and Lucky Charms

The Origins of Superstitions and Lucky Charms

All around the world, many people still believe that the supernatural intervenes in everyday life. Where do these ideas come from?

Paperclip for a house

How one man swapped a paperclip for a house

Take two vegetarians from Vancouver, a ceramic artist from Seattle, a shock-rock legend, a TV star turned Hollywood producer, a town with an impish sense of humour, a whimsical quest dreamed up by a 25-year-old free spirit, mix them together and what do you get? One of the most improbable swaps imaginable: a paperclip for a house.

Circus

It's Never Too Late: How I Ran Away With the Circus

Volunteering his expertise to help isolated students led a delighted John Smyth into the lion’s den.

Illegal Immigrant

Illegal Immigrant Turned Brain Surgeon

He was an illegal immigrant making a living picking tomatoes. Now Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa excels in a different field — as a top brain surgeon.

Unbelievable: Things You Can Learn From My Pet

Unbelievable: Things You Can Learn From My Pet

Nury Vittachi tilts his head and wonders if dogs have all the answers.

Love Letters of Famous Couples

Love Letters of Famous Couples

Let these smitten scribes inspire your own Valentine's note, and read to the bottom for tips on writing love letters of your own.

The Children Who've Lived Before

The Children Who've Lived Before

Professor Jim Tucker thinks that past lives are possible. Here are three startling accounts.

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