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pokemon

The Libertarian Economic Theory That Might Be Secretly Driving Pokémon Go

This is not about catching them all.
July 25, 2016
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tedium

The First Hollywood Film to Imagine a Fictional President Was Some Weird Propaganda

Funded, incidentally, by William Randolph Hearst.
July 19, 2016
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The Surprisingly Resilient History of IGA, Which Gave Small Towns Groceries

You've probably been to one.
July 11, 2016
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The Sneaky Way Broadcasters Are Using TV on the Radio

Chicago, for one, has a semi-secret FM station.
July 5, 2016
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tedium

A Brief History of the White House, as Portrayed by Hollywood

Independence Day wasn't the first, of course.
June 27, 2016
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archive

The Strange History of Microfilm, Which Will Be With Us for Centuries

From carrier pigeons to comic books.
June 20, 2016
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tedium

The Weird Logic Behind Yard Signs in Politics

If they aren't very effective, why are they so ubiquitous?
June 13, 2016
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clothing

How Unions and Regulators Made Clothing Tags an Annoying Fact of Life

A brief history.
June 6, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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How the Family Who Got Rich with Hot Pockets Is Giving Away Their Fortune

It's a lot of money.
May 31, 2016
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tree week

A Short History of Rakes, and Why You Should Think Twice About Using Them

They've evolved through the years.
May 20, 2016
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software

The History of GeoWorks, Microsoft Windows' Upstart '90s Competitor

AOL's also involved.
May 2, 2016
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tedium

The Controversial History of Letterboxing for Movies on Your TV

It's been a long struggle.
April 18, 2016
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When America's Most Notorious Lobbyist Produced a Dolph Lundgren Film

Jack Abramoff and the story of Red Scorpion.
April 11, 2016
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How the Commodore Amiga Powered Your Cable System in the '90s

The life and death of the Prevue channel, which showed you what to watch.
April 4, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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tedium

How Breakfast Cereal Evolves Across Borders

Take Canada's "meal replacement in a bowl," for example.
March 28, 2016
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tedium

A Brief History of Rock Stars Destroying Guitars

From Pete Townshend to Caleb Followill.
March 21, 2016
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design

The Rise of Police Tape, And Why We Ignore Warning Signs

From cigarette packaging to wet-floor cautions, warnings have become pervasive.
March 14, 2016
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california

Thomas Jefferson's Dream to Rid the Oceans of Salt

A massive new industry in modern times, desalination has a long history.
March 7, 2016
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technology

The Forgotten History of the CD-ROM Magazine

For a time in the 1990s, some publishers thought they were the future.
February 29, 2016
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hair

The Curious Reasons Why Barber Shops Don't Take Credit Cards

February 22, 2016
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names

Where Do the Streets Have No Name? Everywhere, in America

February 15, 2016
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greenland

In Greenland, A Popular Record is Owned by 1 Out of Every 12 People

February 8, 2016
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retail

How Dollar Stores Were Planted in the South and Bloomed Around the U.S.

January 25, 2016
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The Anonymous Voices Behind Your Favorite TV Theme Songs

January 18, 2016