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Featured Article: Banshee

Banshee
A banshee is one of many spirits of Irish and Scottish folklore. Banshees are common in Irish and Scottish folk stories, and enjoy the same mythical status in Ireland as fairies and leprechauns. The modern understanding of a banshee as a grotesque, angry female spirit that flies in the air at night, terrifying people with her shrieking is something of a misnomer. The banshee is understood by the people of Ireland and Scotland as an omen of death and a messenger from the afterlife who would appear and wail under the windows of a house where a person was about to die. Such tales indicate the belief in the spirit world and the existence of spiritual beings, whether spirits of people who have died young, or of beings entirely of spiritual origin, who can communicate with human beings.

Popular Article: Coffee

A cup of coffee.
Coffee is a beverage, usually served hot, prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. These seeds are almost always called coffee beans, even though they are technically not beans.

Coffee has significant impacts on the economy, has possible health benefits, is featured at many social functions, has important environmental implications depending on how it is grown, and it has been at the forefront of fair trade programs. Coffee ranks as one of the world's major commodity crops and is the major export product of some countries. In fact, coffee ranks second only to petroleum in terms of legally-traded products worldwide.