3 Fruit Outcasts

High school, popularity and… citrus? A story of fruit rejection and redemption that John Hughes would have given his seal of approval.

The Dark and Wooly

This week back in 1879, a young F.W. Woolworth opened the first Five-and-Dime store. Learn about how he turned small change into a massive empire, then drink down a cocktail direct from the source.

Anello De Fuoco

Around this time in 1497, in the middle of Florence’s Piazza Della Signoria, a Dominican priest named Savonarola had a pile of Renaissance treasures set ablaze. Learn about the famous bonfire, then kick back with the conflagrant drink it inspired.

The Boardwalk Fizz

In 1904 Elizabeth Magie patented a board game called The Landlord’s Game, in the hope that it would teach people about the evils of landgrabbing. Learn about how her game eventually inspired Charles Darrow’s “Monopoly” (first marketed by Parker Bros this week in 1935), then sip this drink while building your real estate empire.

If You Push the Button…

This week in 1961, at the height of the cold War, the U.S. created “Operation: Looking Glass” to oversee its nuclear response from above… should the worst happen on the ground.