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On January 15, 1919, Boston suffered one of history’s strangest disasters: a devastating flood of molasses. The “Great Molasses Flood” tore through the North End and deposited so much gooey residue that locals claimed they could still smell the molasses on warm days decades later.... READ ON
Most American four-year-olds can tell you all about beloved Christmas characters like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman. But in other countries, talking about Rudolph and his ilk might earn you little more than a blank stare. Here's a look at some holiday characters who might not be familiar to Americans, but play a big role in celebrations around the world.... READ ON
Flying a flag at half-staff has become a well-recognized symbol of national grieving, but where did this tradition originate, and how does the decision to lower the flag work? ... READ ON
J.C. and Rollie Hall ran into a problem during the 1917 holiday season. Business was booming, and they’d run out of the tissue papers that were the era’s standard gift dressing.... READ ON
The unofficial start of the holiday shopping season is often referred to as the busiest shopping day of the year. But where did this tradition start and just how big is it?... READ ON
How did these dishes become the national "what you eat on Thanksgiving" options?... READ ON
With the furor over the Washington Redskins’ offensive name growing louder, it’s looking more likely that despite owner Daniel Snyder’s adamant denials, the team will eventually end up with a new mascot. But what will that mascot be?... READ ON
Because they won the evolutionary lottery.... READ ON
The Boston Red Sox just won the World Series and are showing off their shiny new trophy. Here's a little history of the hardware.... READ ON
Guy Beringer didn’t set out to invent a new meal. Then he had a few drinks...... READ ON
In 1726, Mary Toft convinced British doctors that she was giving birth to rabbits.