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History
The Bold Van Buren Sisters, Who Blazed a Trail Across America
One hundred years ago, two sisters ditched their gilded cages for a cross-country motorcycle adventure they hoped would change the nation for the better.... READ ON
Music
The Story of Ethel Smyth, Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings
On December 1, 2016, the Metropolitan Opera premiered an opera composed by a woman. The last time that happened, it was 1903.... READ ON
List
The First U.S. Restaurants to Serve 8 Foreign Cuisines
Where was the first Chinese restaurant in America? Who was the first to serve Greek food?... READ ON
Booze
Man Creates The First Home-Grown Scottish Wine
Weird Science
8 Futuristic Password Replacements (6 Use Your Body)
From your brain to your stomach acid, your body's unique physical signature may be the key to password security in the future.... READ ON
Weird Science
Scientists Recreate Dreams With YouTube Videos
Mind reading used to belong to the realms of sci-fi books and comic strips. But in 2011, a team of scientists from UC Berkeley discovered a way to construct YouTube videos from a viewer’s brain activity.... READ ON
Pretty Pictures
The Top 10 Moments of 2013... in Play-Doh
To celebrate 2013, Play-Doh chose ten attention-grabbing headlines and trends from the year and sculpted them out of 100 percent Play-Doh. Just in case you wanted to relive your kindergarten arts and crafts class (and you know you do), here they are.... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition
It is believed that a journal entry made by Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop on July 5, 1643, is the first recorded sighting of a tornado in what would become the United States. Winthrop was something of a weather geek and had begun keeping a daily diary of atmospheric conditions while aboard the Arabella en route to the New World in 1630. Winthrop’s report that July day... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Food Packaging Edition
Have you ever wondered why Chinese carry-out is packaged in those wire-handled boxes? Or who came up with the idea of squeezing a dollop of ketchup into a foil packet? Read on for answers to these and other pressing questions... White Gold... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: The Civil Rights Movement
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, let's take a look at a few not-so-famous firsts in the American Civil Rights Movement. Get on the... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Arlington National Cemetery
In honor of Veterans Day, here are some Not-So-Famous Firsts about Arlington National Cemetery. We salute all of you who answered when their country called, and encourage our civilian readers to take a moment to say “thanks” to the veterans they... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Halloween Edition
Whether you're taking some little ones out trick-or-treating or going to an adult party dressed as a radish, we join you in the spirit of Halloween and offer up a few not-so-famous firsts related to the holiday. Oh, and please have your kids save their Necco Wafers, Good 'N Plenty, Circus Peanuts and other "ick" candies for my dad, who never met a sweet treat he didn't like! First Costume of the Costume... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Infant Edition
This edition of Not-So-Famous Firsts is dedicated to Mangesh's wife Lizzie and Jason's wife Ellen, who are both infanticipating and are slated to deliver their respective bundles of joy on or around September 14. Here’s a “hang in there!” to both them and all the other aching-back and swollen-ankled moms-to-be among our Loyal Readers! First Baby Born in... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Ads for Feminine Products
Do you remember the first time you saw a live model wear a brassiere on a television commercial? It might not have been as long ago as you think. Join us for a quick look at some not-so-famous TV firsts of the womanly persuasion. I Dreamed I Was Headless in My Maidenform Bra Until the mid-1980s, the National Association of Broadcasters Code Authority had to approve each and every television commercial before it hit the airwaves. One of their more archaic rules (especially in an era when Lynda Carter... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Cookies
"C" is for cookie, and that's good enough for some not-so-famous cookie firsts. Girl Scout... READ ON
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Not-So-Famous Firsts: Entertainment Edition
From the time that the first humanoids roamed the Earth, one of the basic necessities of life besides food, water and oxygen has always been the ability to entertain oneself. There are some naysayers who will dispute that we've come a long way since being amused by a rock and a stick, but nevertheless I present a few miscellaneous entertainment "firsts": The First Drive-In Movie... READ ON

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