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Meet Hercules, One of America’s Early Celebrity Chefs
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Meet Hercules, One of America’s Early Celebrity Chefs

Heralded for his food, the enslaved cook headed the first presidential kitchen.
February 21, 2018
Michiganders Can Order the World’s Largest Pizza Delivered to Their Doorsteps
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Michiganders Can Order the World’s Largest Pizza Delivered to Their Doorsteps

No delivery charge if you live within 5 miles!
February 20, 2018
Once a Year, a Nightmarish King Cake Baby Roams New Orleans
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Once a Year, a Nightmarish King Cake Baby Roams New Orleans

The Mardi Gras mascot incites more jitters than good fortune.
February 14, 2018
What It's Like to Make the World's Largest Bagel and Lox
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What It's Like to Make the World's Largest Bagel and Lox

The 213-pounder will be evaluated for a Guinness World Record.
February 09, 2018
How the Capones Strong-Armed Their Way Into the Dairy Business
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How the Capones Strong-Armed Their Way Into the Dairy Business

Al and Ralph may have influenced food safety labeling and your pizza’s cheese.
February 09, 2018
Make Any Drink More Curious With Skull-Shaped Ice
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Make Any Drink More Curious With Skull-Shaped Ice

The perfect accessory for your next cemetery cocktail party.
February 07, 2018
‘Doritos for Women’ Were Doomed to Taste Terrible
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‘Doritos for Women’ Were Doomed to Taste Terrible

A study shows that chips' crunching sound amplifies how they taste.
February 06, 2018
Why Picky Eaters Are Partial to Calamari and Not Squid
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Why Picky Eaters Are Partial to Calamari and Not Squid

Changing languages can make a big difference.
February 01, 2018
The Fast Food Numbering System That Repeatedly Inspires Theft
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The Fast Food Numbering System That Repeatedly Inspires Theft

Swiping Whataburger’s table tents is almost a rite of passage.
January 31, 2018
Let the Sounds of Sizzling Bacon Gently Lull You to Sleep
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Let the Sounds of Sizzling Bacon Gently Lull You to Sleep

Forty-five minutes, three pounds of bacon, one sleepy viewer.
January 30, 2018
The Dinner Party That Served Up 50,000-Year-Old Bison Stew
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The Dinner Party That Served Up 50,000-Year-Old Bison Stew

When life gives you frozen bison, make dinner.
January 26, 2018
Why Hunter-Gatherers Excel at Identifying Food Smells
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Why Hunter-Gatherers Excel at Identifying Food Smells

Does your language have a word for "bloody smell that attracts tigers"?
January 23, 2018
You Can Buy Into the World’s First Publicly Traded Whiskey Investment Fund
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You Can Buy Into the World’s First Publicly Traded Whiskey Investment Fund

A way to invest in "liquid gold."
January 23, 2018
Watch the Wondrous Costco Pizza Sauce Dispenser in Action
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Watch the Wondrous Costco Pizza Sauce Dispenser in Action

It's the lazy chef's dream.
January 22, 2018
The Power of Circles in Food and Drink
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The Power of Circles in Food and Drink

Humans consistently associate roundness with sweetness.
January 18, 2018
The Mother and Daughter Charming the Internet With Ugly Cakes
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The Mother and Daughter Charming the Internet With Ugly Cakes

It's their birthday tradition.
January 16, 2018
Watch a Man Masterfully Flip Roti Prata Into Perfection
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Watch a Man Masterfully Flip Roti Prata Into Perfection

He makes it look so easy.
January 15, 2018
The Utah Noodle Parlor That's Seemingly All Over 'Blade Runner'
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The Utah Noodle Parlor That's Seemingly All Over 'Blade Runner'

Its neon dragon sign is beloved by science fiction fans and a small city.
January 11, 2018
Watch a Man Make a Rubik's Cube From Ice
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Watch a Man Make a Rubik's Cube From Ice

It redefines "on the rocks."
January 08, 2018
When NASA Wasn't Sure if Astronauts Could Swallow in Space
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When NASA Wasn't Sure if Astronauts Could Swallow in Space

Early space sustenance resembled baby food.
January 03, 2018
Do Sugar Comas Exist?
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Do Sugar Comas Exist?

Scientists disagree on whether they're real or imagined.
January 03, 2018
Watch a Man Play 'Sandstorm' on a Potato
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Watch a Man Play 'Sandstorm' on a Potato

Who says you can't shred a 1999 club classic on a tuberous ocarina?
January 02, 2018
Why Scientists Once Used Taste Tests as Paternity Tests
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Why Scientists Once Used Taste Tests as Paternity Tests

Sensitivity to bitterness was thought to be entirely genetic.
December 28, 2017
Watch Two Brothers Build a UFO Gingerbread House
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Watch Two Brothers Build a UFO Gingerbread House

The truth is out there.
December 26, 2017