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linguistics

How Orange (the Fruit) Inspired Orange (the Color)

Until the Renaissance, the English language had no word for yellow-red.
March 1, 2018
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tolkien

One of the World's Most Irreplaceable Books Was Used as a Cutting Board

The Exeter Book also once served as a coaster.
February 27, 2018
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epidemics

How Killer Rice Crippled Tokyo and the Japanese Navy

One stubborn doctor pioneered a cure.
February 22, 2018
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food art

The Artist Crafting Hyperrealistic Felt Foods

Huong Huynh makes fabric fare look good enough to eat.
February 21, 2018
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trucks

Saying Farewell to Mr. Okra, New Orleans's Musical Produce Seller

His chant and truck were symbols of the Crescent City.
February 19, 2018
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paper

The Most Unusual Menus From Libraries Around the World

Featuring fur, space flight, and Abraham Lincoln.
February 16, 2018
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plague

Nostradamus Wrote Prophecies; He Also Made Jelly

His cookbook contained recipes for sweets and plague remedies.
February 15, 2018
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forks

Meet the Artist Who Makes Creatures Out of Cutlery

It's fork art!
February 14, 2018
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alchemy

Thank These Master Alchemists for the Magic of Alcohol

Two Muslim scholars invented stills that could make spirits.
February 12, 2018
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mistakes

Norway's Olympic Team Bought 15,000 Eggs due to a Google Translate Mistake

It added an extra zero.
February 8, 2018
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food scare

The CDC Is Begging People to Stop Cuddling Chickens

Snuggling and smooching your poultry may end in salmonella.
February 7, 2018
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spicy

Would You Eat This Dangerously Spicy Ice Cream?

It's made with one of the world's hottest chilies.
February 6, 2018
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girl scouts

The First Girl Scout Cookie Was Surprisingly Boring

No coconut, chocolate, or mint in sight.
February 5, 2018
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american south

The Secret Ingredient to America's Vietnamese Coffee

Chicory blends from New Orleans provided a taste of home.
February 5, 2018
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ham

Feast Your Eyes on This Glorious Crocheted Food

Trevor Smith's creations are fuzzy, cozy, and downright edible-looking.
January 31, 2018
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wine

You Can (Probably) Still Drink the World’s Oldest Bottle of Wine

But it won't taste good.
January 29, 2018
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food scare

When Food Dye Was Made From Coal Tar

It was considered almost magical.
January 23, 2018
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food scare

An Anthropologist Explains Why We Want to Eat Tide Pods

But you really shouldn't swallow laundry tablets.
January 19, 2018
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hamburger

Watch Andy Warhol Stoically Eat a Whopper

He has some trouble with the ketchup.
January 18, 2018
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sailors

Horatio Nelson's Grog Chest Just Sold for $95,000

Also, what is grog?
January 18, 2018
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forgotten foods

The Forgotten Fruit That Looks Like an Anus

Medlars' shapes once inspired a lot of jokes.
January 16, 2018
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soda

When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

The company had a long, strange relationship with the U.S.S.R.
January 12, 2018
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food scare

New York City Officials Hunted Down 10 Food Poisoning Outbreaks Using Yelp

The key words are sick, vomit, diarrhea, and food poisoning.
January 11, 2018
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mail

Australian Soldiers Used to Write Letters Home on Crackers

They were easier to find than paper.
January 10, 2018