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Was Mother Goose a Real Person? The Truth Behind the Beloved “Author”

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Mother Goose?” A kindly old woman telling stories to children by the fire? An actual goose with anthropomorphic qualities? Just an image of a book of nursery rhymes? Well, no matter what comes to mind, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the phrase. It does, however, prompt a highly specific question: Was Mother Goose a real person?

What Is Déjà Vu?

If you’ve ever been going about your day as usual, only to be struck by the sudden feeling that you’ve somehow—however improbably—already experienced what you’re going through, then congratulations: You’ve just experienced déjà vu. You might even know the name for the feeling. But what is déjà vu, really? And what could possibly explain this weird and unsettling experience?

Did You Know?

The idea that Eskimos (specifically) have over 50 words for snow is not only false, but the myth can be directly attributed to 19th century linguist and anthropologist Franz Boas.


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9 Former Disneyland Attractions That Seem Totally Bonkers Now

Theme park history is fascinating enough on its own, but Disneyland history is especially fascinating. Why? Because, as these incredible—and, in some cases, almost unbelievable—former Disneyland attractions underline, the early years in the park were wild. Live mules! Real fishing! Actual mermaids! Can you imagine the careful, safety-oriented Disneyland of today launching these kinds of attractions? Nope. But when the park had just flung open its gates to visitors, all these and more could be found within its borders.
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