A History Lesson With Booze


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Picking Through the Story of a Historical Brainstorm

The story of a clever businessman mass-produced toothpicks and popularlized them using intimidation tactics that, remarkably, had nothing to do with shaming people for food caught in their teeth.


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History Throw-back: How Frisbee Came to Be

in 1957, the Wham-O Toy Company bought the rights to an invention which would become its most famous product, the Frisbee. You might say the invention was easy as pie. Or a piece of cake. Or both, really.


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An Oil Gusher Bursts Texas Into History

Texas was known mainly for cattle and cotton until Pattillo Higgins came along. His hunch that there might be oil in them thar' hills lead to the discovery of a massive gusher, which would fuel the 20th century.


circa 1950: A Major Maestro radio. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

FM Radio Hits the Airwaves

If you listen to this show on the radio, you have Edwin Armstrong to thank for it. He was commissioned by RCA to combat radio static on the AM band, but his solution — FM transmitting — wasn't quite what the corporation had in mind.


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The Short History of the First SMS

How post-cards, holiday greetings, and a whole bunch of random sentences created the text messaging protocol that defined a decade.


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‘Children of Paradise’ Was a Minor Miracle

One of the most acclaimed movies ever, was made under some of the worst conditions ever. Produced in France amid WWII, "Children of Paradise" made it to American cinemas in November 1945.


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The Sistine Chapel’s Unwilling Artist

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel might be Michelangelo's most iconic masterpiece, but when he was first offered the commission, he absolutely did not want the job. Learn all about it, and a fortifying drink to serve with it.