The World’s Best Gingerbread Houses

Gingerbread Village

At the National Gingerbread House Competition, there are a few different categories including Adult, Teen, Youth, and Child. It seems remarkable, but it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between some of the adult entries and creations submitted by teens and youths.

In 2016, the winner of the Teen category was a group entry – an entire gingerbread village that was made by a high school club from Virginia. Not only did they create an amazingly detailed village scene, they also managed to make it look like the work of a single mind, rather than a collaboration.



Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…

Big Brother China: A Look at China’s Social Credit System

This work of fiction is about to become a reality for the 1.4 billion residents of China where the government plans to roll out a “Social Credit System”. The Chinese government says it’s an attempt to raise “awareness for integrities and the level of credibility within society” through the use of mass surveillance and data collection.