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A Brief History of Napkins, From Soft Dough to Paper
They're currently under threat from paper towels.
September 06, 2017
A Brief History of the Unbreakable Comb
They were important in the evolution of both plastic and rubber, among other things.
August 18, 2017
The Weird, Vain History of Who's Who Books
From an early pet project to mockery and scams.
August 03, 2017
The Surprisingly Recent Innovation of the Toilet Duck
It wasn't with us until the '80s.
July 21, 2017
A Brief History of Window Cleaning
Windex has been with us for a very long time.
July 17, 2017
A Brief History of the Modern-Day Straw, the World’s Most Wasteful Commodity
Americans use 500 million of them every single day.
July 07, 2017
When 'Broadway's Greatest Quarter-Snatcher' Was a Photo Booth
The year was 1925.
June 28, 2017
The Short, Groundbreaking History of Major League Volleyball
It used to be an ESPN mainstay.
June 07, 2017
The Sad History of Hydrox Cookies, Which Were Probably Doomed Because They Were Called Hydrox
They, of course, look a lot like Oreos.
May 17, 2017
The Surprising Challenges of Making Things Vegan
It took Guinness, for one, years.
May 10, 2017
The Consequences of Amtrak Not Owning Its Own Tracks
Was your train late, recently?
May 02, 2017
Why the Roots of Color Printing Are in Limestone
The stage was set more than 200 years ago.
April 25, 2017
The Improbable Endurance of the Lickable Envelope
Why are we still doing this?
April 18, 2017
The Surprising Resilience of Failed Fast Food Chains
Losing can be an opportunity to do something different.
April 04, 2017
The Strange Business of Suction Cups
“The suction cup holds it fast to anything the cup is stuck to," The New York Times said in 1925.
March 29, 2017
The Brief, Confusing History of Foam Packaging
What you think is Styrofoam probably isn't.
March 21, 2017
When Lemon-Shaped Juice Containers Set a British Legal Precedent
You know the ones.
March 07, 2017
How Sears and Montgomery Ward Changed American Shipping
In the 19th century, if you wanted a package delivered and you didn't live in a big city, you were pretty much out of luck.
February 21, 2017
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