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The 411 on "ghosts"

While many people are content to limit their hunt for ghosts to Halloween, plenty of others devote their time to the study of the paranormal.
Parapsychology is the study of paranormal activity and beings, which may be intertwined with spectrology, or the study of ghosts and phantoms. Those who spend time studying ghosts and phenomena that defies explanation do so to get closer to the truth and better understand strange occurrences.


Pros and cons of annual performance reviews

Employers use several different tactics to gauge employee performance. Performance reviews can be a valuable means to measuring employee performance, especially with regard to assessing pay increases or other compensation, including upward mobility.


Lucrative careers that don't require a degree

Students in high school have long been encouraged to enroll in secondary education to further their future career prospects. While a college degree is a prerequisite for many careers, it is not mandatory for every job. In fact, there are many potentially lucrative lines of work that do not require a degree, and these careers often appeal to those young people who are discouraged by the high cost of college or those who have grown tired of the classroom atmosphere.


Halloween celebrations across the globe

Candy, time spent with friends and colorful costumes make Halloween a day to be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Halloween also can be a lucrative time of year, as the National Retail Federation notes that Halloween spending equals roughly $6.9 billion each year. But as popular as Halloween seems, many countries do not celebrate the holiday.


Sweet, sweet candy history

Halloween is as much about candy as it is about dressing up in fun costumes and engaging in scare tactics.
Humans have loved their sweets for centuries. Early human beings made candy out of honey by drying it and forming a taffy-like confection, while many modern incarnations of candy involve dissolving sugar into water or milk to form a syrup. Candy is then made by varying the temperature of the syrup and the sugar concentration to achieve desired textures. The word "candy" is derived from the Arabic "quandi," meaning "made of sugar."