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stigmata

The stigmata are wounds believed to duplicate the wounds of Jesus' crucifixion that appear on the hands and feet, and sometimes on the side and head, of a person. The fact that the stigmata appear differently on its victims is strong evidence that the wounds are not genuinely miraculous (Wilson).

St. Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226), devoted to imitate Jesus in all ways, apparently inflicted himself with wounds and perpetrated the first stigmatic fraud. >>more

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ghosts

In a nutshell: Ghosts are spirits of dead people. Scientists have tried for centuries to prove ghosts exist. The evidence for ghosts includes photos, eyewitness accounts, and performers who say they are getting messages from ghosts to pass on to people. Scientists don't think much of this evidence.

Ghosts are spirits of dead people. Most people who believe in spirits think they are not physical but yet are able to do things that people can do, like see, hear, move around, and make sounds. Can something that isn't a body do the same kinds of things that bodies can do? It doesn't seem possible, yet many people say they've seen ghosts and talked to them. Others say that ghosts exist only in the imagination. Some say that ghosts exist and they are physical, but we don't know what they're made of. One thing is certain: there are lots of ghost stories.>>more

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The Super Bowl and violence against women

On January 18, 1993, a media "watchdog" group called Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) put out a news release that stated: "The Super Bowl is one of the most widely viewed television events every year. Unfortunately, women's shelters report that Super Bowl Sunday is also one of the worst days of the year for violence against women in the home." According to Laura Flanders of FAIR, the release cited press reports from the New York Times (1/5/92 and 1/22/92) and the Chicago Tribune(1/27/91), which were based on accounts of those who work with battered women.>>more

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