Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Canada (* But Didn’t Know Where to Ask)

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On December 11th, 2016, Paul K. DiCostanzo sat down with noted YouTube vlogger, writer, Canadian political personality (recently published in the Washington Post), and online Canadian cultural ambassador, J.J. McCullough. Among his many endeavors, J.J. is the sole creator and contributor to the ultimate source of Canadian insight online, J.J.’s Complete Guide to Canada (thecanadaguide.com). Mr. McCullough has recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to completely renovate this popular internet cultural destination. He spoke to Paul about this undertaking, and his role as a cultural ambassador for Canada to the world.

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

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5 Things I Learned Celebrating Halloween Like A Full-Contact Sport

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A Hartford Whalers Zombie, the Charlie Brown Holey Ghost, & The Great Pumpkin.

Growing up, I always had Halloween marked on my mental calendar. It was about as fun as an amusement park, or my birthday. The costumes, the trail, and the ultimate prize: the bounty of the haul. Yet I have never lived in a place that hosted trick-or-treaters. For the first time, I spent Halloween with friends who do. One of which is an educator, and the other a medical professional. Though on Halloween they have the neighborhood reputation for an amazing annual production. This is what I learned about an event NOT to be missed again…

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Italian Officials Recover Stolen Van Gogh Paintings From 2002 Heist

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A heist right out of “Carmen Sandiego.”

By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

In a statement released by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Italian prosecutors and organized crime units have recovered two stolen works of Vincent Van Gogh from the Camorra, a mafia family in Naples. Their recovery marks a considerable resolution to the baffling heist in which the paintings were stolen 14 years ago. Continue reading

Glasses Raised With Ancient Brew

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By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

When it was announced that geneticists at Tel Aviv University synthesized a strain of 2,000 year old wheat from the middle eastern region, Herzl Brewery knew what to do. The Jerusalem based brewery, well noted for experimentation, reached out to the research group and acquired a portion of the recreated wheat for themselves. What they created was a brew that bridged a gap dating back to a very famous period and place.

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Turner Makes £20 in 2020

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New £20 note featuring JMW Tuner. (Image Credit: Bank of England/YouTube

)By Paul K. DiCostanzo Managing Editor

United Kingdom– The United States is not the only nation in the Anglo-American sphere redesigning their 20 unit paper currency. The Bank of England has announced that the next issue of the £20 note will be adorned with the 1799 self-portrait of famous British romantic painter J.M.W. Turner. The newly designed currency is set to debut in 2020 and will be constructed of a polymer substance. The decision to feature Turner was announced on 22 April after an impressive competition to design the new bill with the image of an artist.

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