Why so blue? The story of America’s bluest family.
Carbonated water as the elixir of life isn’t a new concept. When the bubbles hit bodegas in the 1980s and 1990s, seltzer was seen as a healthy alternative to Coke, Pepsi and Tab. Everyone was wearing leg warmers, jazzercising with Jane Fonda, doing cocaine and drinking seltzer.
It’s called fitness. Look it up.
Lest you think these are the woooOOOOOooorst of times, let me tell you about a real problem America was facing about a hundred years ago. It was called “The Meat Question.”
In 1854, it was time for a big idea – a big hump of an idea. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis (yes, that Jefferson Davis) went to Congress to pitch a novel concept that had caught his ear years before. President Pierce and Congress were skeptical, but he left with $30,000 to bring a fleet of camels to the United States for military use.
How did Eastern European Jewish immigrants come to be in South Carolina in the first place? What kinds of communities did they form once they got there? And how did a Jewish deli come to serve barbecue ham? Olivia Brown’s got the answers.
Just being looked at wasn’t really Lamarr’s greatest goal. She once said, “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” In lieu of standing still and looking stupid, Lamarr decided to try something a little different.
For a very long time, the so-called “Widow’s Succession” was the most common way women got elected to office in the U.S.
The third in our series of interesting bridge histories. How many Smoots does it take to get across the Harvard Bridge? What – you’ve never heard of a Smoot?
When alcohol was outlawed in 1920, women more often than men stepped up to (literally) serve.
Imagine the meanest, worst-behaved 15-year-old boys you’ve ever encountered. Now add a thick coat of racism, total non-intervention by teachers and school staff, and the fact that a black girl entering an all-white school was entirely unprecedented, and you might get some idea of what Dorothy Counts experienced as she walked into the school.
There’s a lot of cultural and religious debate that swirls around Halloween. For some, it’s a holy day, a precursor … More
What kind of woman takes to the skies in extremely questionable technology, preferring the thrill and danger of solo exploration over two feet on solid ground? A woman scared to death of finding herself at the mercy of anyone else’s priorities. A bird that would rather fly away from the flock, in the danger of the open air, than embrace the comfort of the cage.
in 1939, singer Marian Anderson was taking the world by storm. But the Daughters of the American Revolution prohibited her from using Constitution Hall for a concert. First Lady Eleanor “One Badass Bitch Out of Hell” Roosevelt took matters into her own hands.
“National melodies are the nursery songs of a people, heard in the dimly recollected days of its infancy, lingering in its … More