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art deco

Restoring Glasgow's Tea Rooms to Their Art Nouveau Glory

On the 150th birthday of its designer, a famed tea establishment reopens.
June 11, 2018
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corn

Organic Farmers Are Using Flamethrowers to Weed Their Fields

Burn, broadleaf weeds, burn!
June 6, 2018
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future

What Will Your National Dish Look Like in 2050?

We want to know your predictions for the future's culinary landscape.
June 5, 2018
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christopher columbus

Why Is a ‘Pepper’ Different From ‘Pepper’? Blame Christopher Columbus

Black pepper and chili peppers have little in common.
June 4, 2018
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pastry

Driving a Muffin Car Is Fun (and Slightly Dangerous)

For 14 years, "Muffineers" have built movable treats.
June 1, 2018
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oil

Found: Evidence of Italy's Oldest Olive Oil

It was discovered on shards of pottery uncovered 20 years ago.
May 31, 2018
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hats

The Fabulous Food Hats of Maor Zabar

Now you can wear hot dogs, pizza, and sushi on your head.
May 30, 2018
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beans

Why Beans Were an Ancient Emblem of Death

Fava beans can be lethal.
May 25, 2018
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playing with your food

The Designer Making Board Games You Can Eat

Win or lose, all that's left are crumbs.
May 24, 2018
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tibet

The Ephemeral Butter Art of Tibetan Buddhism

The artists need cold fingers and plenty of patience.
May 23, 2018
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food fights

Was the Long Island Iced Tea Invented in ... Tennessee?

"Not since the 'Battle of Long Island' has Long Island's honor been so challenged."
May 21, 2018
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software

Early Hackers Used Whistles From Cap’n Crunch Cereal Boxes

You can draw a line from the tiny toys to Apple Inc.
May 18, 2018
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classical music

Why a San Francisco Burger King Blasts Classical Music Day and Night

It's not meant to be pleasant.
May 17, 2018
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feature

Inside the World's Only Sourdough Library

The collection holds 105 starters and counting.
May 16, 2018
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1920s

During Prohibition, Federal Chemists Used Poison to Stop Bootlegging

They tried to make industrial alcohol too lethal to drink.
May 9, 2018
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trucks

12 Tons of Liquid Chocolate Have Blocked a Polish Highway

All aspiring Augustus Gloops should report to Poland.
May 9, 2018
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queer history

Years Before Stonewall, a Chef Published the First Gay Cookbook

It was the first to be marketed to gay men.
May 7, 2018
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war

The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs

Thank the warlike King Charles XII for your IKEA lunch.
May 2, 2018
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inventors

America's Greatest Horticulturist Left Behind a Plum Mystery

Frida Kahlo painted him. Thomas Edison admired him. Now Rachel Spaeth is trying to decode him.
April 30, 2018
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neuroscience

This Scientist Explains Complex Concepts With Sushi

Sashimi meets science.
April 26, 2018
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france

'À La Mode' Is a Lonely Survivor of a French Culinary Code

In America, à la Nesselrode and à la Maryland are à la gone.
April 24, 2018
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1920s

Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes

A new standard of beauty led to today’s weight-loss regimens.
April 20, 2018
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frog

Can Putting a Frog in Milk Keep It Fresh?

Modern science may have an answer to this Russian folk belief.
April 19, 2018
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spam

The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM

The Spamettes sang and danced and glamorized canned meat.
April 17, 2018