Urine-soaked eggs a spring delicacy in China

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A urine-soaked egg.

At the end of the school day in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang, eager parents collect their children after a hectic day of primary school.  That is also the start of busy times for dozens of egg vendors across the city, deep in coastal Zhejiang province, who ready themselves to cook up a unique springtime snack favored by local residents.

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What Will Our Descendants Condemn in the Future About What We Are Doing Today?

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Will our prison system be condemned in the future?

Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father’s duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense and waterboarding was approved — in fact, invented — by the Catholic Church. Through the middle of the 19th century, the United States and other nations in the Americas condoned plantation slavery. Many of our grandparents were born in states where women were forbidden to vote. And well into the 20th century, lynch mobs in this country stripped, tortured, hanged and burned human beings at picnics.

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Religious Knowledge Survey Shows Americans Lack Some Religious Knowledge

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86% of Americans believe in a higher power but lack knowledge of own traditions.

Americans are clear on God but foggy on facts about faiths.The new U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that although 86% of us believe in God or a higher power, we don’t know our own traditions or those of neighbors across the street or across the globe.

 

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The ‘New’ New Year’s Eve Ball

The ‘New’ New Year’s Eve Ball 

 Times Square Ball

Last year, the Times Square Ball got an LED makeover for its 100th anniversary. This year that tradition continues, all 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs of it (and don’t forget the 2,668 Waterford crystals). The 12-foot-wide, 11,875-pound ball is capable of displaying “16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns” – did you even know that many colors existed? – and all in all it’ll use 20% less energy than last year.

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