Uncovering Alfred the Great's disability

Bri McKenna
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Feb 04, 2019
Alfred the Great had a chronic illness for much of his life, and by any modern standard, he was disabled. "Great" and "disabled" aren't antithetical, and "weak" and "disabled" aren't synonyms. But for many years and to many people that was believed to be the case, and disability has been erased from some versions of Alfred's story.
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2019 - Spring - Issue 2
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Origins of April Fools' Day

Akhil Srinath
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Apr 05, 2021
For more than several centuries and in many different cultures, April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of April. Some of the traditions of April Fools’ include playing practical jokes on others - pranks, hoaxes, etc. - and then yelling “April Fools” to indicate that it was a joke and not to be taken seriously. However fun as it may seem, the origins of this day has been a mystery. Some theories state that it stems from adopting the new calendar, whereas some other theories see it as a celebration of the turn of seasons.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 9
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Diving towards Hidden Archaeological Remains

Vidhi Mittal
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Mar 01, 2021
Have you seen or heard about the movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire?” If not, it was Disney’s first sci-fi movie which was released in 2001 and focuses on fictional kingdom of Atlantis which was drowned and lost underwater due to a massive tidal wave cause by a distinct explosion. Well, though Atlantis is a fictional island which was mentioned in Plato’s literary works and no concrete remains related to such kingdom have been found in reality, there are various underwater cities which are worth exploring if you like to dive deeper.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 5
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The British Airways Incident - 2018

Vaidehi Rathkanthiwar
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Feb 15, 2021
This was a huge and a terrific cyber-attack. This attack occurred in 2018, all the information regarding around 500,000 user/customers was being used and transformed. According to the investigations, this process had already started in the month of June in 2018. After this incident, the British airways and ICO took serious actions for this and made certain changes in order to improve the security process and methods after this incident. There were no hits regarding this cyber-attack, there were no suspects. This happened because the skimmer was changed completely. In order to avoid the detection of the data breach, the scripts were downloaded which would at the end mix with the usual process of payment.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 3
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Salem Witch Trials

Rushali Rajesh Joshi
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Oct 26, 2020
In January of 1692, when two young girls who were having fits and convulsions and were screaming uncontrollably, were brought to a local doctor in Salem Town, Doctor William Griggs, the catastrophe of the Salem witch hunt began. The doctor diagnosed the illness to be bewitchment and soon, similar symptoms were noticed in many such young girls. Many maids, slaves and, homeless women were accused by the girls who claimed to be bewitched.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 7
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How 11/26 taught us in India guests are equivalent to God

Chirag Khandhar
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Oct 19, 2020
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11/26 - November 26, 2008, a terrifying date and the unforgettable darkest night of Mumbai. We still get goosebumps when we remember those attacks. The peace-loving country India witnessed the attacks on its innocent citizens and tourists that night.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 6
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Tale of Spartacus

Rushali Rajesh Joshi
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Oct 19, 2020
Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt with an army of over ten thousand rebels. He supposedly died in the April of 71 BC, towards the end of the third Serville War. Spartacus has been glorified in history and has been the inspiration for various artists and filmmakers, portrayed as the hero of an epic legend, and a warrior for the people.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 6
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The Legend of Rani Laxmi Bai

Rushali Rajesh Joshi
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Sep 14, 2020
Rani Laxmi Bai, the warrior queen of India, was a unique and exemplary woman, born as Manikarnika in the present Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. At the ripe age of 14, she was married off to the 40-year-old king of Jhansi. She was given the name “Laxmi Bai,” derived from the Hindu Goddess “Laxmi” who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The Rani had great athletic prowess and practiced wrestling and sword fighting every morning. She has been described as intelligent, diplomatic, and extremely patriotic.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 2
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