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Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Food Factories Suppose you have a strange cousin named Dexter, with a laboratory in his basement. You go down there and it’s as if you had taken an elevator into hell. The smoke is so thick you have to gulp to breathe, and the place stinks like rotten...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna When Jesus was stripped and nailed to the cross, the gospels tell us, some of the Roman soldiers took his cloak, but when they saw that it had no seams, but was woven in one piece, they decided not to tear it, but...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: FATHER Suppose you could board a time machine and dial it up to the year 3000. You come back to your home town and meet your own great-great-great-great-twenty times great grandson. You say to him, “Son, I’d like to shake your hand. I’m your great-great-great-great-twenty times great grandfather.”...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Why Is the Statue of Liberty Green? Even if you have never been to New York harbor, you have probably seen pictures of the famous Statue of Liberty, rising up in green splendor over the waters, and holding forth her torch, lighting the way for freedom for man,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: The Handmaid of the Lord by John Singer Sargent Did you know that George Washington is listed as having two birthdays? One was February 22, 1731, and the other was February 11, 1732. What happened was this. Baby George was ready to be born in 1731, but when...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: BOOM Back when my father was a little boy growing up in Pennsylvania, there were two major league baseball teams in Philadelphia. One of them was the Phillies, in the National League. They’re still there. The other was the Athletics, in the American League. They have since moved...
Subscribe to Jasper. Tale of the Day: The Confrontation at Canossa The old man paced back and forth, thinking and praying, thinking and praying. His steps echoed down the long halls of the castle. It was winter, and snow lay deep on the ground outside. He could hear sounds from the high window. They were...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: LARVA Have you ever seen a butterfly crawling on the top of a leaf, munching away at the edges? “Butterflies don’t crawl!” you tell me. “Butterflies FLY!” Yes, they do, but not all the time. In the early stages of its life, the butterfly, as you probably know,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: The Boy’s Voice A long time ago I read some pages in a book by a woman who didn’t like men and boys very much. She said there was reason to believe that boys are taught to make their voices deep when they are around thirteen years old....
Subscribe to Jasper. Story of the Day: A Dog and a Glacier “Come on, boy, come on, Stickeen!” cried the man. The wind was blowing hard and it was starting to snow. It had rained most of the day, and now it was a dark twilight, and the man was soaked all through. That didn’t...
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