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The Messy Mystery of Sloppy Joe History

Dive deep into the complicated origin of the sloppy sandwich, which involves one of the greatest literary figures in history. Then wash it down with a tart drink.


From Genoa to Nimes: The Brief History of Jeans

This week back in 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis landed a patent for what may be the best-known item of clothing ever -- denim jeans. Learn about the surprisingly international history of All-American blue jean, then salute your shorts with a custom cocktail.


Twister’s Tangled Origin Tale

Around this time in 1966, two guys in the Twin Cities dreamt up a party game that had people falling all over each other. Connect the dots in the history of Twister, then gingerly sip on a colorful drink.


Opening Pandora’s Inbox: The Birth of Spam

Back in 1994, two Phoenix-area lawyers hit upon a new way to advertise their legal services: auto-send thousands of emails to chat groups. Hear about their recipe for spam, and then check your inbox for a custom cocktail.


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The Biggest Heist in U.S. Art History, Still a Mystery

Find out about the most costly property theft in US history: the 1990 Isabella Gardner Museum art heist in Boston. Our bartender -- himself a former art guard -- mixes up a drink that's laced with bitterness.


Picking Through the Story of a Historical Brainstorm

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


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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Micheladas Are on the Make

Bloody Marys are so 2014. According to trend forecasters, micheladas -- a Mexican-derived drink of lager mixed with some combination of savory sauces and spices -- are set to be the hippest thing to sip in 2015.