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Fresh Off the Net: From scout to citizen, Make eye contact, The haunting of Fort Revere

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The Daily Catch - published on 09/27/16

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and see the treasures we pulled from the net! Careful now, you break’em you buy’em!

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How summer camps and Scout groups turn children into citizens – (

Benjamin Jordan looks at the importance of summer camp for American youth, as well as examining the differences and similarities of girl’s and boy’s camp experiences.

I was initially drawn to the study of early Boy Scouting by my experience as a cabin counsellor and horseback-riding instructor at a rustic Tennessee summer camp for boys and girls. I did it for nine years. Like most veterans of summer-camp work, I came to a moment that nearly all college-aged camp counsellors reach: leave and move on to new work, or dive fully into summer-camp work as a career, aiming to become a camp director. Instead, I hedged my bets by applying for graduate programmes in US history while enjoying another summer as a counsellor.
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Eye contact is good for you. But can you put your phone down for long enough? – (

Have you ever wondered in eye contact matters? This article is an interesting look at how the windows to the soul can help connect you better than any social media could.

We are used to hiding our feelings through careful curation of social media profiles and through various digital techniques of deferral and avoidance. When scrolling through our phones and feeds, we keep our minds busy and, perhaps superficially, keep in touch with others. But in those moments we are also largely devoid of self-awareness – and that, according to this latest research, is essential to making true contact with another person. Of course, the internet is part of our lives now. We will never be able to go back to communicating exclusively face-to-face. Indeed, it is important to squeeze the most out of our personal interactions whenever possible – and that includes catching up with old friends online. But, thinking digital communication is enough to keep a relationship going is a fantasy. Interacting with friends online grants us greater control over the way they perceive us, and that can be reassuring. But if we retreat behind Snapchat videos, WhatsApp messages and Facebook posts, we lessen the possibility of an encounter that could teach us about one another and ourselves.
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The Story Behind This Haunted Fort In Massachusetts Is Truly Creepy – (

Here’s the tale of how Fort Revere, MA, became one of the most haunted military landmarks around due to events of the Revolutionary War. Halloween’s getting closer!

When the Revolutionary War was raging across New England in 1778, over 200 French soldiers who were fighting for the American side were captured by the British. In exchange for the safe return of the French ally soldiers, the colonies agreed to release English prisoners. The newly freed French soldiers were sent to Fort Revere, but a happy ending was not to be. Most of the liberated soldiers died of smallpox at the fort and were buried on a grassy slope beneath the hill. Ever since this massive loss of life, rumors of eerie occurrences have plagued the fort. Later soldiers stationed at the fort began to comment on unexplained noises that seemed to come from beneath the fort structures, even where no basement level existed. Strange whispers have been reported in the tunnels below the fort, and some of the most frequently heard stories from modern visitors involve large shadows that loom in doorways or even rush along interior walls with no apparent source.
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