Can you believe the loot people find on eBay?

Literal loot, as in looted from post-invasion Iraq. Thankfully it was spotted and pulled a few minutes before the auction closed. A German archaeologist had spotted the tablet bearing wedge-shaped cuneiform script on the online auctioneer’s Swiss Web site, www.eBay.ch, a government official said. The archaeologist alerted German authorities, who passed the tip onto their …

Caroling’s raunchy past

From a USA Today story about the decline of Christmas caroling, here’s a tasty nugget of holiday cheer: Yet, caroling is ancient (the first Christmas carol was probably written in the 4th century, Studwell says), and associated with pre-Christian festivals, fertility rites, feasting and drinking — the antique equivalents of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ …