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The ABCs of Wooden Alphabet Blocks
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The ABCs of Wooden Alphabet Blocks

The history of these educational toy sets spans many centuries.
May 23, 2017
The Sad History of Hydrox Cookies, Which Were Probably Doomed Because They Were Called Hydrox
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Improbable Endurance of the Lickable Envelope

Why are we still doing this?
April 18, 2017
The Surprising Resilience of Failed Fast Food Chains
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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
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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
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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
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When Lemon-Shaped Juice Containers Set a British Legal Precedent

You know the ones.
March 07, 2017
How Judge Wapner Launched the Phenomenon of Court Shows on Modern TV
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How Judge Wapner Launched the Phenomenon of Court Shows on Modern TV

RIP Judge Wapner.
February 28, 2017
How Sears and Montgomery Ward Changed American Shipping
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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
The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping
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The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping

Everyone does it.
February 14, 2017
Why Men Get More Lint in Their Belly Buttons Than Women
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Why Men Get More Lint in Their Belly Buttons Than Women

Also: a very brief history of navel-gazing.
February 06, 2017
When Networks Aired Their Failed TV Pilots in the Middle of the Summer
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When Networks Aired Their Failed TV Pilots in the Middle of the Summer

A lot of bad television has been made throughout history.
January 23, 2017
From Tufting to Jingles, the Evolution of Modern Carpet
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From Tufting to Jingles, the Evolution of Modern Carpet

It goes back thousands of years.
January 16, 2017
The Long, Unusual History of the Pickled Cucumber
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The Long, Unusual History of the Pickled Cucumber

Pickles.
January 09, 2017
The Quiet Failure of Sony’s Giant Cassette Tape
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The Quiet Failure of Sony’s Giant Cassette Tape

Meet the Elcaset.
January 07, 2017
How Pleather Saved the DuPont Company—And Some Cows, Too
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How Pleather Saved the DuPont Company—And Some Cows, Too

It's been around for decades.
December 19, 2016
The Video Game That Promised to Contain 52 Video Games And Failed Miserably
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The Video Game That Promised to Contain 52 Video Games And Failed Miserably

Action 52 wasn't great.
December 13, 2016
The Unlikely Italian Roots and Curious Afterlives of Power Wheels
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The Unlikely Italian Roots and Curious Afterlives of Power Wheels

They've been around for decades.
December 05, 2016
The Long, Politically Fraught History of Seeds in the U.S.
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The Long, Politically Fraught History of Seeds in the U.S.

We’ve come a long way from the government giving away free seeds.
November 29, 2016
How Xerox Invented the Copier and Artists Pushed It To Its Limits
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How Xerox Invented the Copier and Artists Pushed It To Its Limits

The Xerox machine was a piece of technology that seemed to come out of nowhere.
November 21, 2016
A Brief History of the Cheese Curl, Junk Food’s Happiest Accident
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A Brief History of the Cheese Curl, Junk Food’s Happiest Accident

It's more or less repurposed horse feed.
November 14, 2016