8 Coming-of-Age Ceremonies, Rites and Traditions You May or May Not Know

Himanshu Singh Gurjar, Mumbai, India

Himanshu Singh Gurjar, Mumbai, India

As they often say, growing up is hard to do! International Youth Day falls on August 12 this year, and to celebrate all things youth, we thought we’d take a squiz at some traditional coming of age traditions and passages around the world. Continue reading “8 Coming-of-Age Ceremonies, Rites and Traditions You May or May Not Know” »

Prepping for Rio: 10 Olympic Facts You Might Not Know

Blue and yellow macaw tropical bird, brazilian pantanal rainforest

Blue and yellow macaw tropical bird, brazilian pantanal rainforest

The Summer Olympic Games kick off on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, the first South American country ever to host. But like us, you might be wondering: when were the first Olympics ever held? Are gold medals actually made of gold? And what do those Olympic rings really mean?  Continue reading “Prepping for Rio: 10 Olympic Facts You Might Not Know” »

7 Harry Potter-ish Things Happening in the Muggle World Right Now

Steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the Harry Potter movies.

Steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct used in the Harry Potter movies.

It’s been almost 20 years since J.K. Rowling published her first Harry Potter book and magically whisked us muggles into the realm of witchcraft and wizardry. And around the world, the Harry Potter vibe is still strong.

From the Quidditch World Cup to the “Events That Cannot Be Named,” here’s what’s coming up soon in the Harry Potter universe:

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