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The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Every year more than 3.5 million New Yorkers line the route of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while 50 million television viewers tune in to watch the holiday pageant of giant character balloons, floats, celebrities and marching bands. Although it is now as much of an American

One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library

One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library

While preparing an exhibit on English-language literature last fall, staff members of the public library in Saint-Omer, near Calais, pulled what they thought was an unremarkable old book off the shelves. Instead, it turned out to be a first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, of which

The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials

The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials

In a cemetery in northwestern Poland dating to medieval times, archaeologists recently excavated six corpses buried with stones jammed under their chins or sickles placed across their bodies. Fueled by centuries of folklore about the undead, such measures were taken to prevent

New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light

New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light

In one sense, it was case closed, according to researchers, who on Tuesday published “overwhelming” evidence that they had indeed found the remains of King Richard III under a municipal parking lot. But in solving that mystery, they opened up another. When they compared Richard’s