Experts conclude that the divorce rate in the United States peaked in the late 1970s but is higher in the early years of the 21st century than before its late '70s peak. In fact, an article published in the New York Times in March 2011 pointed to a recent increase in divorces in rural areas. The rea
The best way to plan for your loved ones after you die is to prepare a will. A will allows you to express your wishes as to how you would like your property and money distributed. Most states have specific rules that you must follow to make the will legal and valid. If you die without a will your as
Visiting Japan includes looking at the array of beautiful stone and paper lanterns so long a tradition in the small nation. With its introduction by a traveler from the Asian continent in the 1500s the convention of the Japanese lantern continues today as a cultural icon. Starting with use in temple
The general practice after a friend or family member dies is to place an obituary in the local newspaper. Today many funeral homes and online newspapers publish the information, too. The information in an obituary generally contains the date when the person died and where the funeral will be held. S
The golden age of castles reached its height after the 800s as the feudal system emerged. In the Middle Ages, power lay first with the king, then his nobles, their knights and at bottom the peasants. Land ownership was the key to power. At the heart of the feudal system lay the castle and lands that
Despite its popularity, hip-hop music is often scrutinized as a negative influence on behavior. People of all races and age groups relish hip-hop and often imitate the most popular artists and memorize the lyrics. Song lyrics can become embedded in the mind and can unconsciously motivate a listener'
Pattern welding is the ancient process of taking iron, which is hard and brittle, and folding, twisting and hammering it together with high carbon content iron, which is more flexible, to create steel that could cut through armor and neither break nor bend. Iron was not plentiful long ago, so the ex