3, 2, 1… Happy New Year!

2014 isn’t just a number, for the Chinese calendar, 2014 is also the year of the horse. The Chinese New Year besides being a very important holiday for the people of China, is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. This simply means rather than having a leap year with an extra day, they have an extra month. An extra month causes the Chinese New Year to fall on a different date each year. Below is a slide show of the animals used in a single 12 year cycle.

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Images from BlazeTBW

I’d like two husbands please

If you thought dealing with one husband tough, how would it be with two or even three. When a woman takes multiple husbands it is known as polyandry. Though not as common as a man having multiple wives it is not as rare as I once thought. In the United States, Jaiya Ma is in a poly-amorous relationship. She lives as a family with two men and a child they had together.

Below is a National Geographic video on Cinidas life in the Himalayas with 3 husbands.

Green shamrock to Green beer

Saint Patrick, born in 5th century Great Britain was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. After escaping slavery, he would later return as a priest and become the patron saint of Ireland.

The 17th of March St. Patrick’s Day began in the United States. The custom of wearing the green shamrock said to have been used by St. Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity. Today, it has become a celebration involving green beer, parades, and even a green river. It spans many countries including Japan, Argentina and the Switzerland. Below are 25 little facts about St. Patrick’s Day so its not just a day of drinking.