As many celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend, Jonathan H. X. Lee, professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University, spoke with NBC News to explain traditional beliefs about the Lunar New Year and the Chinese zodiac. Lee, whose research focuses on folklore and religions, provided perspective as we head into the Year of the Rabbit, saying “There is a lot of possibility for prosperity and flourishing, and for peace, really. The rabbit is a very strong symbol for peace."

Folklorist Jeannie B. Thomas’s “SLAP” Test, a rubric for detecting legend and conspiracy theories, was recently featured in Skeptical Inquirer Magazine, a publication of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry published by the Center for Inquiry, under the apt title “Honing Your BS Detector: Conspiracy Theories and the SLAP Test.”)

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