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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes
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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
Can Putting a Frog in Milk Keep It Fresh?
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Can Putting a Frog in Milk Keep It Fresh?

Modern science may have an answer to this Russian folk belief.
April 19, 2018
The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM
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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
Found: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Coffin in a Wine Cellar
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Found: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Coffin in a Wine Cellar

The poet's remains were rediscovered in London earlier this week.
April 13, 2018
The Story Behind New York City's New Egg House
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The Story Behind New York City's New Egg House

If you visit this pop-up, you’ll enter the dreams of Ellis the egg.
April 11, 2018
Why Do Fantasy Novels Have So Much Food?
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Why Do Fantasy Novels Have So Much Food?

Writers since Tolkien have conjured magical feasts for readers.
April 10, 2018
The Feminist Lunch That Broke Boundaries 150 Years Ago
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The Feminist Lunch That Broke Boundaries 150 Years Ago

For women, dining in public without men was revolutionary.
April 09, 2018
The Strange History of Royals Testing Food for Poison With Unicorn Horn
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The Strange History of Royals Testing Food for Poison With Unicorn Horn

It was actually narwhal tusk.
April 05, 2018
These Fortune-Telling Tea Cups Made Divination Easy
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These Fortune-Telling Tea Cups Made Divination Easy

"Many Curious Things I See, When Telling Fortunes In Your Tea."
April 04, 2018
The Art Show That's All Potatoes
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The Art Show That's All Potatoes

It's courtesy of the tuber's biggest hype man.
April 02, 2018
How This London Pub Got Its Buns Back
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How This London Pub Got Its Buns Back

Hot cross buns, that is.
March 30, 2018
How Famine Under the Nazis Revealed the Cause of Celiac Disease
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How Famine Under the Nazis Revealed the Cause of Celiac Disease

A food shortage helped one doctor prove his theory.
March 29, 2018
The Hoax That Claimed Thomas Edison Could Turn Dirt Into Food
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The Hoax That Claimed Thomas Edison Could Turn Dirt Into Food

Newspapers worldwide printed that he'd invented a miraculous machine.
March 28, 2018
The Quiet Rescue of America’s Forgotten Fruit
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The Quiet Rescue of America’s Forgotten Fruit

One man is responsible for roughly half of the country's stone fruit collection.
March 27, 2018
The Long, Strange History of Medicinal Turpentine
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The Long, Strange History of Medicinal Turpentine

Drinking it was thought to cure nearly everything. (But you shouldn't try it.)
March 26, 2018
The Grocery Stocker Who Makes Hypnotic Vegetable Designs
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The Grocery Stocker Who Makes Hypnotic Vegetable Designs

Scallions, radishes, and endives form artistic works.
March 22, 2018
14 Unusual Cookbooks That Were Still Fit to Print
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14 Unusual Cookbooks That Were Still Fit to Print

The collections of Gastro Obscura readers feature cannibalism, bugs, and Dracula.
March 20, 2018
Remembering When 'The New York Times' Explained Pizza
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Remembering When 'The New York Times' Explained Pizza

No "pizzas" here, only "pizze."
March 19, 2018
Alfred Hitchcock’s Contentious Relationship With Dinner Parties
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Alfred Hitchcock’s Contentious Relationship With Dinner Parties

Sometimes the food was all blue.
March 15, 2018
When Stephen Hawking Threw a Cocktail Party for Time Travelers
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When Stephen Hawking Threw a Cocktail Party for Time Travelers

No one showed up.
March 14, 2018
The Mystery of New England's Gray Corned Beef
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The Mystery of New England's Gray Corned Beef

The specialty is usually pink, but it looks different around Boston.
March 14, 2018
The Chef Cooking Up Invasive Species
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The Chef Cooking Up Invasive Species

Asian carp are a problem, but they're also dinner.
March 13, 2018
Tell Us About Your Most Unusual Cookbook
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Tell Us About Your Most Unusual Cookbook

Do you have an offbeat cookbook in your collection? Gastro Obscura wants to see it.
March 12, 2018
Why Michigan's Favorite Hot Dog Has a New York Name
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Why Michigan's Favorite Hot Dog Has a New York Name

How did Coney Island get to Detroit?
March 08, 2018