Just Plain WEIRD #2

How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Ago

OK is an editorial joke run wild. (Photo: ClassicStock/Corbis) – By Rachel Nuwer – SmithsonianMag.Com – “OK” is one of the most common words in the English language, but linguistically it’s a relative newbie. It’s just 150 years old, and traces its roots …

UFO sightings: Why Mount Shasta is the new Roswell

A volcano in California is a hot spot for conspiracy theorists. By Paul Ratner – Lenticular cloud over Mount Shasta. February 12, 2020. Photo Credit: Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Unusual UFO-shaped formations were observed in the skies over Mount Shasta. These were actually lenticular …

The pagan origins of three Catholic practices

A few traditions in the Roman Catholic Church can be traced back to pagan cults, rites, and deities. By Molly Hanson – Photo by Josh Applegate / Unsplash – The Catholic rite of Holy Communion parallels pre-Christian Greco-Roman and Egyptian rituals that involved …