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inventors

How Prohibition Tossed a Wet Blanket on America’s Inventors

New research reveals the link between bars and new inventions.
September 04, 2019
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bananas

When New Yorkers Were Menaced by Banana Peels

They slipped and fell. Really!
July 24, 2019
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deserts & desserts

Exit Interview: I Was the Director of Research and Development at a Candy Company

His proudest achievement? Putting your face on an M&M.
April 26, 2019
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food

Our Favorite Stories From Gastro Obscura's First Year

Read about otherworldly apples, champagne-chugging marathoners, and fishy acts of God.
December 05, 2018
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cloistered comestibles

Tell Us About Amazing Foods Made by Monasteries and Convents

What heavenly sweet, cheese, or beer have you tried?
September 11, 2018
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show & tell

Does Everyone Really Order the Second-Cheapest Wine?

An investigation into happy-hour folklore.
May 03, 2018
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menu monday

Do You Order the Second-Cheapest Wine?

Help us investigate a popular ordering strategy.
April 16, 2018
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recipe

The Dirty Secret of ‘Secret Family Recipes’

Surprisingly often, they're copied from mayo jars and famous cookbooks.
February 27, 2018
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economics

How Much Would Chinese Food Cost on the Moon in 2080?

Andy Weir on creating a believable food culture for his latest sci-fi novel.
February 20, 2018
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wishlist

Wishlist: 'Diplomacy' the Board Game

It's like "Risk" but with more talking (and less board-flipping).
January 24, 2018
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memory

Did Your Grandma Steal That ‘Secret Family Recipe’?

Help Gastro Obscura investigate.
December 29, 2017
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food

Welcome to Gastro Obscura

Our new food section is devoted to wonder and curiosity.
November 15, 2017