The World Map: Intolerance Edition


This fascinating map composed by two Swedish economists as part of a study of economic freedom reveals some surprising attitudes towards race. The most developed countries are seemingly more tolerant, but this could also be due to respondents in those countries being less willing to answer the question honestly.

Interestingly though, there does not seem to be much of a correlation between expressed intolerance and racial diversity; the United States and India, while being roughly equal in terms of ethnic diversity, are on opposite ends of the intolerance spectrum. Even Britain, Australia, and the Scandanavian countries expressed the least intolerance while also having the least ethnic diversity.

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Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Masters


This afternoon, the 77th Masters Tournament will conclude and a deserving winner will receive one of Augusta National’s coveted green jackets (unless, of course, there is a playoff). This annual tournament draws thousands of spectators – or rather, “patrons” – to witness current and future golf legends provide one of the most entertaining and epic competitions in the world of sports. Held at the same time and place every year, the Masters has become one of the most storied and historic sporting events in the world. In honor of this, here are some famous facts about the Tournament and its home course that you may not have know.

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The Five Colors River


For most of the year Caño Cristales, located in central Colombia, looks like any other nice, pure mountain river flowing with crystal clear cool water over smooth river rocks and brilliant beds of green moss and algae.  Then, for a couple weeks of the year, Caño Cristales turns into undoubtedly one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. During a brief period between the Colombian wet and dry seasons (from Sept. – Nov.), the water level evens off and allows its unique Macarenia Clavigera plant to bloom like gorgeous fields of underwater red roses among golden wheat.  The bloom accentuates the yellows and greens of the algae, moss and sediments on the river bottom and the deep browns and blacks of the river rocks and shelves that have formed over the ages.  The result is an array of colors that looks more like an artistic swirl of Skittles or melted Crayola Crayons than a naturally occurring event below a few feet of river water.  It is truly stunning.

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12 Days of Christmas: How to Scare Your Kid into Being Good All Year


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

Any parent will attest that Christmas is one of the best motivating factors on God’s green earth to inspire their children’s good behavior.  Every kid has an eye towards Christmas all year, and they generally won’t do anything to jeopardize being in Santa’s good graces come that glorious morning.  In full realization of this indisputable fact, parents often resort to *light* threats that their child “better be good, or else Santa might not be good to you this year!”  The following details three common ways to motivate your child to be good so you and Santa can continue to shower them with all the gifts they deserve and more.  We hope you enjoy our offering on the Seventh Day of Christmas.

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12 Days of Christmas: Look Mommy, a White Elephant!….


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

It’s fun. It’s competitive. And everyone ends up with a great gift…well, almost everyone. What do I speak of, you ask? Why, only one of the finest holiday traditions around! So on this, the Sixth Day of Christmas, we would like to share some history, etiquette, and strategies behind the wonderful world of the White Elephant.

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12 Days of Christmas: The Christmas Pickle


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

We love odd things.  They make us laugh, shake our heads, scratch our chins, and wonder… how high and/or drunk were you when you came up with that??  In this case, I think someone was well in to their tenth cup of wassail or nog when they came up with this doozy.  Ladies and gents, on the Fifth Day of Christmas, we present to you the Christmas Pickle…

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12 Days of Christmas: Oh, Christmas Tree!


It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

Oh, the Christmas tree…how I love thee. Nothing says Christmas more than a grand ol’ pine strung with lights and ornaments, topped with a star and sheltering wrapped bundles of joy. So on this, the Fourth Day of Christmas, we would like to share some fun and interesting Christmas tree facts courtesy of our friends at Pickyourownchristmastree.org. Enjoy!

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