Mount Mazama, a volcano in Oregon. Indigenous stories preserve tales of its eruption more than 7,000 years ago.
Old stories from around the world tell of drowned islands, volcanic eruptions and upheavals to the land around them. Increasingly we are realising these tales preserve actual memory, often from thousands of years ago.
A recent survey suggests that a third of UK parents avoid reading their children scary stories. Is this a worrying trend?
Is it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?
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Contrary to popular belief, several recent studies suggest that plot spoilers don't always make us like a film or books less – and may even make us like it more.
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Not everyone can weave a gripping tale. But for one gender, it matters more than the other.
Why stories matter.
What are your kids reading in the new year? What kids read has a strong impact on their perceptions of reality.