1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is a big place, and understandably the upkeep is a little more complicated than that of any typical suburban home. That's why Fanny Lemira Gillette, famed housekeeping guru and mother of the inventor of the safety razor, and Hugo Ziemann, the White House steward, teamed up in 1887 to write The White House Cook Book, a "comprehensive cyclopedia of information for the home" and one of the best-selling cookbooks in U.S. history. Aside from useful recipes for Chicken Jelly... READ ON
Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases that don't get much use today, but are worth sneaking into conversation.... READ ON
Who says you can't celebrate the mundane? These 11 museums are dedicated to items you use but probably never think about.
1. Sulabh International Museum of... READ ON
While shoe-horning these into conversation today might prove difficult, these 17 synonyms for sex were used often enough in 19th-century England to earn a place in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, a book for upper-crust Britons who had no idea what the proles were talking about.... READ ON
It's hard to understand just how far medical science has progressed over the last hundred years ... until you look at what passed for standard, advisable treatment back then. Here are 19 doctor-approved ideas from Mother's Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada by Dr. Thomas Jefferson Ritter, originally published in 1910.1. Without the luxury of over-the-counter decongestant to soothe a stopped-up nose and scratchy throat, early-20th-century... READ ON
While some of these students were eventually awarded their diplomas, the content of their speeches was deemed too hot for commencement.1. Kaitlin... READ ON
Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories From Wayside School series is still a favorite of elementary-age kids, 34 years after the first book hit the shelves. Each of the three books features 30 chapters -- one for each floor of the Wayside School building -- and each chapter (usually) features one student. Here are a few facts about each of the 30 students in Mrs. Jewls' class on the 30th story.1. Allison was once stuck in Miss Zarves' class on the 19th floor for a week after she wondered whether Mrs. Jewls'... READ ON
Back in the 90s, you could buy any of these things. You could get them all at the same time if you wanted. Now you can't get any of these products in stores, but you can shell out too much cash for a 16-year-old bottle of Orbitz on eBay.
1. Pop Qwiz Popcorn
2. Butterfinger BBs
3. Lifesavers Holes
4. Carefree Sugarless Gum
5. Hidden Valley Kids Dressing
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Billy Mays, America's favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today. He began his career selling the WashMatik, a car-washing brush that siphoned water through the bristles without electricity. He moved from that to the Ultimate Chopper, and some of his other products not featured here include The Ding King (dent and ding repair kit), Turbo Tiger (a hand-held minivac), Grip Wrench (an adjustable strap wrench), Green Now (fertilizer), and something called the EZ Crunch Bowl, which promised to be "A... READ ON
The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.