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Historical Oddities: Catharism

From the early days of Christianity, the Church had to deal with all sorts of differences in belief and doctrine. Schisms in the Christian Church were quite common during the early days, and became solidified as the Catholic Church broke … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs: Final European and African Qualifiers

Another three days of match fixtures gone, and nine more spots in the 2014 World Cup have been filled. Over the weekend, we had the final legs of the African and European qualifying playoffs. In Africa, the five matches featured … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs: With Few Goals in Europe, Second Legs Will Prove Decisive

The second day of the final week of World Cup qualifying had the first round of the contestants for the final four European spots in Brazil. The matchups features two underdogs teams facing big competition at home, and two relatively … Continue reading

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2014 World Cup UEFA Playoffs

The European playoff draw for the last four European spots in the 2014 World Cup is in. The draw is Portugal against Sweden, Ukraine against France, Greece against Romania, and Croatia against Iceland. Purely based on the October rankings, one … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Latin Monetary Union

In the last few decades, the idea of a currency union between several countries has become commonplace with the growth and stabilization of the European Union and the Eurozone. Currently, seventeen countries within the European Union and two outside the … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Maurice Benyovszky

Throughout history, there have global travelers and explorers whose adventures are remembered to this day. Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta are only the most famous and remembered of these pre-modern globetrotters. In the 1700s, the Hungarian Maurice Benyovszky led an … Continue reading

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Historical Odditites: The Pastry War

The Pastry War must be one of the more strangely named wars in history. It was a French action against Mexico in the end of 1838 and beginning of 1839. The name comes from a supposed incident that started the … Continue reading

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