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Living in the Nude

Naturism, or Nudism, is a social movement that advocates and practices social nudity in an effort to encourage self-respect and respect for others. Advocates believe that they came into the world in the nude and therefore they feel closer to nature and the earth when they are in the nude. They also believe that by removing clothing, which establishes social status...

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The Evolution of Men's Fashion

If you look up "men’s fashion" on your search engine you might see images of men wearing a combination of ripped jeans that look uncomfortably tight and ride too low, and an equally tight plaid button up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, topped off with a vest that is too close to the body, unproportioned and improperly...

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Accounting for History

Historical accounts of the pueblo at Los Angeles first began to surface in the 1870s. Yet, aside from iterating the widely accepted facts related to Spanish exploration and the founding of the pueblo, early writers largely neglected the Spanish colonial period in Los Angeles history. These works were primarily regional histories created by boosters in an effort to glorify the city’s residents and promote...

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Getting Into the Spirit

Many believe that the modern Spiritualist Movement can trace its beginnings to a series of supernatural events which occurred near Rochester, New York in 1848. As legend has it, John Fox and his family moved into their Hydesville farmhouse in December 1947. Over the next few months the family was repeatedly frightened by unexplainable rapping, tapping, and other strange sounds...

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Tattoos in the Archives

Archeological discoveries have suggested that the art of tattooing may have been practiced as early as the Stone Age. Twenty-five years ago in the Otztal Alps, located between Austria and Italy, physical evidence of tattooing was discovered on Otzi, the ice man. In addition to his shoes, clothing, and a quiver...

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Manuscript Bibles from the Middle Ages

Johannes Gutenberg chose the Bible to be the first book he would print on his new printing press in the 15th century. As such, the Bible is the first mass-produced book in the world. Before the invention of the printing press, bibles and other books were written and illustrated by hand. It could take several years ....

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Women in Classical Guitar

When you think of the guitar many images and words associated with the instrument might come into mind, such as romance, passion, captivation, and love. Now, who do you picture playing this captivating, romantic and passionate instrument? Most likely, you would think of men because through time famous guitarists have been mostly men. This is especially true in the field of classical guitar...

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