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Halloween History: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The origins of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” lie shrouded in mystery. Some say that the character of the Headless Horseman was inspired by the German folktale “The Wild Huntsman.” Washington Irving may have heard this tale while traveling abroad. Others insist that the Headless Horseman was based on an actual Hessian soldier who was [...]

Blast From the Past: Sleight-of-Hand

     You may have walked by someone doing this trick on the streets of New York: he has a little table set up with three upside-down cups and he gets people to wager money on whether or not they can guess under which cup the ball was placed. Don’t fall for it! This person [...]

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