There really was a Dr. Scholl. Podiatrist William Mathias Scholl was born in Indiana.
The song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" describes a hobo's paradise, featuring all the things a good hobo needs -- from lakes of whiskey to cigarette trees and lax law enforcement.
If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives.
Wait a second, The Classical Era?
• 9 billion kernels of candy corn are manufactured for each Halloween, but they don't all end up in snack packs or bowls.
According to the National Confectioners Association, roughly 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year.
Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly one of the most easily recognizable people in U.S. history.
Have you considered taking up falconry, but been put off by how bland the typical bird hoods are?
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert TOWN into CITY in the fewest steps possible.
When you order a hot dog from a street vendor in the USA, the guy slaps the dog in a bun and hands it to you. And it's delicious. And that's it.
Memoirs of a Bullied Kid. A father shares his memories, his recovery, and his advice for helping our children.
Dog is a story told in ten parts, but it's a quick read.
Remember The Letter People? Invented in 1972 as part of literacy program, these guys are a major memory from my childhood.
Nearly all U.S. adults—85%—now own a cell phone.
Many of you might recall the two-year long series of posts I wrote on this blog called "Weekend Word Wrap." We had a lot of fun poking fun at language, word puns, grammar Nazis, pretty much
Supermarket and fast food history is littered with perplexing products that seemingly never should have made it to the market in the first place.
Tommy Wiseau is best known (okay, only known) for his awful movie The Room; if you haven't seen it, check out Ransom Riggs's post The Remarkable Success of the Worst Movie Ever.
Sorry I Haven't Posted is an amusing collection of posts, curated by Cory Arcangel, in which bloggers apologize for neglecting their blogs.