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1940s

How Tire Companies Supposedly Sabotaged LA's Early Tran...

April 19, 2021

"Red Car" of the Pacific Electric. (Oleknutlee/Wikimedia Commons) To efficiently get around Los Angeles, you have to drive a car, but it wasn't always like th...

White Christmas: Song Lyrics, Meaning, Fun Facts, And T...

December 18, 2020

Actor Bing Crosby, actresses Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, and actor Danny Kaye, dressed in Christmas colors as they sing during the 1954 Paramount productio...

Albert Hofmann: The Man Who 'Invented' L.S.D. And Bicyc...

November 2, 2020

A portrait of late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Swiss National Library on September 21, 2018 in Bern. (Fabrice Cofferini/AFP via Getty Images) You've p...

When The C.I.A. Is Formed In 1947 (Established By Presi...

September 17, 2020

The C.I.A. has long loomed large in the minds of tinfoil hat–wearers and fans of police procedurals alike, but its formation was born out of the need for ove...

Bugs Bunny: Yes, There Are Facts/Stories You Didn't Kno...

July 27, 2020

Happy 80th birthday, you wascally wabbit! Bugs Bunny made his official debut on July 27, 1940, and he's been chomping on carrots and thwarting hunters to the...

Maurice Tillet: The Inspiration For Shrek Had A Conditi...

July 21, 2020

Voiced by Mike Myers, Shrek is the reluctant hero of the 2001 fairy tale comedy of the same name, which was based on a children's book by William Steig about...

George Washington Carver And Henry Ford Worked On Exper...

July 20, 2020

George Washington Carver, a renowned botanist, educator, and agriculturalist, was nearing the end of his life on July 19, 1942 when he partnered with his fri...

Zoot Suit Riots: The Racist Riots Sparked By Non-White ...

June 4, 2020

You’ve heard its name memorialized in song, but do you know the very real and very frightening story behind the Zoot Suit Riots that occurred in 1943? At the...

The Mad Bomber: George Metesky's Bombs Terrorized New Y...

March 30, 2020

As millions of people file for unemployment and still more lack health insurance, it's easy to understand, here in 2020, why someone might get salty with an ...

TV Dinners Exist Because They Killed Way Too Many Turke...

November 30, 2019

As ZZ Top once said, "TV dinners, there's nothing else to eat. TV dinners, they really can’t be beat." It's a succinct argument for the quick meal of the everyma...