All the keys of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the new invisible enemy

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It has certainly disrupted our way of life. No one expected it. Its arrival has been too abrupt and we are still assimilating it. We often boast about them for being too small and too simple. Maybe, but that does not mean they should be taken lightly. They are capable of causing economic recessions and … Read more All the keys of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the new invisible enemy

The Spanish bogeyman was real

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Some superstitions hurt… a lot. One of them was the origin of the children’s horror story that was used in Spain to control the behaviour of the children and which, most likely, has caused too many nightmares in several people. Under the succinct threat of “I’ll call the bogeyman!”, children had no choice but to … Read more The Spanish bogeyman was real

The palm oil controversy

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It is one of the most controversial substances nowadays. It has been filling the pages of the major media around the world for some time now. While it is true that it has many uses and is very profitable, marketing often hides its darkest secrets. It is when they have been revealed that society has … Read more The palm oil controversy

The fire that devastated the Prado Museum

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A tragic last minute news slipped into the inner pages of the newspaper El Liberal on the early morning of November 25, 1891: Last night’s catastrophe. Spain is in mourning. Fire at the Museum of Paintings, said the headline. The Prado Museum was burning violently. People crowded in front of that infernal spectacle. Wailing, crying, … Read more The fire that devastated the Prado Museum

Artaban, the mysterious fourth Wise Man

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The day when the peculiar star of Bethlehem indicated to the Three Wise Men the time of the Epiphany, a fourth Wise Man was also informed of this event, an Iranian Zoroastrian priest who was waiting for the prophetic sign to set out on his journey: Artaban. His goal was to meet the other Wise … Read more Artaban, the mysterious fourth Wise Man

Why does the year start on January 1st in our culture?

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It might seem a rhetorical question because of its obviousness. A year has 12 months, so it is logical to place the annual restart in the first month calends of the sequence. But this was not always the case. The beginning of the year for the Romans began on March 1st, the month that paid … Read more Why does the year start on January 1st in our culture?

The prodigies that originated the Christmas tradition of hanging socks in the chimney

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In many countries, families hang socks on or near chimneys for Santa Claus to fill them with gifts. Well, this tradition would have its origin in the generosity of the real Santa Claus. St. Nicholas of Myra or Bari was a bishop from Turkey. He was born in Patara in the 3rd century A.D. in … Read more The prodigies that originated the Christmas tradition of hanging socks in the chimney

The seedless watermelon IS NOT transgenic

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It’s probably one of the most common table talk conversations of the summer. When a watermelon is cut and the seeds are not perceived, a suspicion, a worry, a distrust, even a fear emanates from us. It seems unnatural, scientific witchcraft. The term “transgenic” will come out disdainfully and quickly from the person who has … Read more The seedless watermelon IS NOT transgenic

The mythical origin of the Dollar sign

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Since the last century, the Dollar has been the reference currency of the international economic system. Its sign is unmistakable and inseparable from the contemporary world. It personifies wealth, power, possession and even an entire country. A very simple character in appearance: an S crossed by two vertical bars (although its variant reduced to an … Read more The mythical origin of the Dollar sign

Nazi secret weapons (part 2). Die Glocke, the antigravity bell

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We continue to expose some examples of the German Wunderwaffen from World War II. As with the ones we saw in the previous post, many of these new exponents were never built, or only reached the test phase at the most. Even so, they are still fabulous and impressive. If the reader has already been … Read more Nazi secret weapons (part 2). Die Glocke, the antigravity bell

The uncanny valley effect of robots

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Machines have become an indispensable tool for humans, to the point that some of them have become practically another extremity of our organisms, both literally and metaphorically if we refer to our indispensable mobile phone. Some of them already reproduce our anatomy, physiognomy and behaviour with a sinister realism, perhaps to make them more familiar … Read more The uncanny valley effect of robots

Manowar’s Guinness records

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Many Heavy Metal lovers have their hair bristle when they hear the name of Manowar. Currently formed by Eric Adams, Joey DeMaio, Anders Johansson and E. V. Martel, they are experts in the creation of authentic musical hymns, celebrated and extolled all over the world, not in vain have sold nearly 10 million records. But … Read more Manowar’s Guinness records

Why do bees die after stinging?

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Only worker bees sting when they are in a desperate situation, but not all bee species sting. The stinger is a hollow tube through which the poison passes and that is attached to some internal organs. Apart from the poison, it is important to remove the stinger immediately because when the bee stings, it releases … Read more Why do bees die after stinging?

Nazi secret weapons (part 1). The UFOs of the Third Reich

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Wars are always tragic, without exception. They feed on the worst of the human being, although the best of him can also be manifested. Solidarity, empathy, personal sacrifice… and creativity and imagination, even though they are often applied to the war. Whether we like it or not, wars produce important technical and scientific advances. Many … Read more Nazi secret weapons (part 1). The UFOs of the Third Reich

The “false” surname of Miguel de Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the genius of literature capable of immortalizing several literary works. A name that is repeated unceasingly and that is taught from an early age. Name: Miguel. Surname: de Cervantes Saavedra. But here there would be an error according to a recent theory exposed by the researcher Luce López-Basalt. The writer from … Read more The “false” surname of Miguel de Cervantes

A walk through the misteries and history of El Retiro (Madrid, Spain)

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The purpose of this article is to serve as a future guide for travelers visiting the Buen Retiro Park. More importantly, we hope it will help to fall in love with this fascinating place. It aims to serve as a magnifying glass to scrutinize the secrets that await us in the most unsuspected corners of … Read more A walk through the misteries and history of El Retiro (Madrid, Spain)

When Spain almost got involved in World War I

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It is well known that Spain did not participate in the tragic and destructive First World War. Both the country and its colonies remained neutral between 1914 and 1918. However, there were occasions when Spain was almost forced to participate in the conflict. In 1916, after two years of siege, French and English troops conquered … Read more When Spain almost got involved in World War I

When sirens were birds

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Classic sirens have not always been the beautiful half women and half fish beings. The first descriptions characterized them half woman half bird, and they were daughters of Achelous, the Greek spirit-god of the homonymous river, or god Phorcys, and of the nymph Calliope according to some versions or of some muses according to others. … Read more When sirens were birds

Ireland. Experiences in legendary lands (part 4). The end of the odyssey

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Part of every journey is always the end, and that is what we are going to present in this last article about our stay in Ireland. Do you want to know what was the Great Famine and the indelible mark it left on Irish people since then? Would you like to travel with us through … Read more Ireland. Experiences in legendary lands (part 4). The end of the odyssey