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Pandora's Box

According to Greek mythology, Epimetheus, the first man on earth, was given dominion over the earth and its creatures. In return, He praised Zeus but after a while it became boring to Zeus. He decided to create a mate for Epimetheus. Zeus gathered all the gods together and told them of his idea. From water and earth, Pandora was created. The gods gave her many talents including beauty and music.

When Epimetheus found the gift, he was delighted. He made sure to take special care of Pandora. Soon after, Zeus became bored once again. So he called Hades, god of the underworld, to him and asked him to go to dark places and gather sprites such as hunger, disease, sorrow, etc. Then, Zeus requested that he put them all in a box.

One morning, Epimetheus and Pandora were sitting under an olive tree eating when they noticed a stranger carrying a heavy box. As generous as they were, they offered to help carry the box for the traveler. He agreed. They carried the box as they led the stranger over …

Salem Witch Trials of 1692

We have all heard of the Salem Witch Trials from history class and/or other sources. What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word "witch?" You automatically assume that it's a female. But how many of you knew that men were also prosecuted as witches during those long four months in 1692? Nineteen men and women were convicted of witchcraft and sentence to hang at Gallows Hill. One man was pressed together under stones for refusing to go to trial. Hundreds of other men and women were accused of witchcraft while dozens were kept in jail without a trial. So here's the question. How did it all start?

In 1688, John Putnam, an elder of Salem Village, invited Samuel Parris, a planter and merchant in Barbados, to preach in the Village church and later on accepting the offer to be Village minister. He moved his wife Elizabeth, their daughter Betty, his niece Abagail Williams and their Indian slave Tituba to Salem Village. During February of 1692, youn…