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Why One Island Grows 80% of the World's Vanilla
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Why One Island Grows 80% of the World's Vanilla

Now, it's more valuable than silver.
June 20, 2018
The Tragic Roots of America's Favorite Cherry
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The Tragic Roots of America's Favorite Cherry

The Chinese Exclusion Act likely exiled the man who first cultivated it.
June 19, 2018
During the Great Depression, 'Penny Restaurants' Fed the Unemployed
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During the Great Depression, 'Penny Restaurants' Fed the Unemployed

Dishes cost a cent, or even came free.
June 15, 2018
These Mushroom Clouds Are Made From Actual Mushrooms
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These Mushroom Clouds Are Made From Actual Mushrooms

A team of artists create horror out of fungi.
June 13, 2018
Remembering 'Brownie Mary,' San Francisco's Marijuana Pioneer
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Remembering 'Brownie Mary,' San Francisco's Marijuana Pioneer

She baked thousands of pot brownies for AIDS patients.
June 12, 2018
Restoring Glasgow's Tea Rooms to Their Art Nouveau Glory
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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
Organic Farmers Are Using Flamethrowers to Weed Their Fields
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Organic Farmers Are Using Flamethrowers to Weed Their Fields

Burn, broadleaf weeds, burn!
June 06, 2018
What Will Your National Dish Look Like in 2050?
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What Will Your National Dish Look Like in 2050?

We want to know your predictions for the future's culinary landscape.
June 05, 2018
Why Is a ‘Pepper’ Different From ‘Pepper’? Blame Christopher Columbus
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Why Is a ‘Pepper’ Different From ‘Pepper’? Blame Christopher Columbus

Black pepper and chili peppers have little in common.
June 04, 2018
Driving a Muffin Car Is Fun (and Slightly Dangerous)
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Driving a Muffin Car Is Fun (and Slightly Dangerous)

For 14 years, "Muffineers" have built movable treats.
June 01, 2018
Found: Evidence of Italy's Oldest Olive Oil
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Found: Evidence of Italy's Oldest Olive Oil

It was discovered on shards of pottery uncovered 20 years ago.
May 31, 2018
The Fabulous Food Hats of Maor Zabar
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The Fabulous Food Hats of Maor Zabar

Now you can wear hot dogs, pizza, and sushi on your head.
May 30, 2018
Why Beans Were an Ancient Emblem of Death
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Why Beans Were an Ancient Emblem of Death

Fava beans can be lethal.
May 25, 2018
The Designer Making Board Games You Can Eat
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The Designer Making Board Games You Can Eat

Win or lose, all that's left are crumbs.
May 24, 2018
The Ephemeral Butter Art of Tibetan Buddhism
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The Ephemeral Butter Art of Tibetan Buddhism

The artists need cold fingers and plenty of patience.
May 23, 2018
Was the Long Island Iced Tea Invented in ... Tennessee?
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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
Early Hackers Used Whistles From Cap’n Crunch Cereal Boxes
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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
Why a San Francisco Burger King Blasts Classical Music Day and Night
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Why a San Francisco Burger King Blasts Classical Music Day and Night

It's not meant to be pleasant.
May 17, 2018
Inside the World's Only Sourdough Library
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Inside the World's Only Sourdough Library

The collection holds 105 starters and counting.
May 16, 2018
The Oldest Cookbooks From Libraries Around the World
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The Oldest Cookbooks From Libraries Around the World

Vintage recipes include flaming peacocks and kangaroo brains.
May 10, 2018
During Prohibition, Federal Chemists Used Poison to Stop Bootlegging
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During Prohibition, Federal Chemists Used Poison to Stop Bootlegging

They tried to make industrial alcohol too lethal to drink.
May 09, 2018
12 Tons of Liquid Chocolate Have Blocked a Polish Highway
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12 Tons of Liquid Chocolate Have Blocked a Polish Highway

All aspiring Augustus Gloops should report to Poland.
May 09, 2018
Years Before Stonewall, a Chef Published the First Gay Cookbook
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Years Before Stonewall, a Chef Published the First Gay Cookbook

It was the first to be marketed to gay men.
May 07, 2018
The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs
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The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs

Thank the warlike King Charles XII for your IKEA lunch.
May 02, 2018