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Food

Piggly Wiggly: The First Supermarket That Let You Pick ...

September 6, 2020

The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Tennessee. (Clarence Saunders/Wikimedia Commons) Going to the grocery store in the early 1900s was nothing like wha...

The Invention Of Potato Chips In 1853 By A Half-Black, ...

August 24, 2020

Potato chips. (Urbano Delvalle/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images) If there's anything people love more than sweet, sweet fried potatoes...

Rudolph Hass, The US Postal Worker Who Invented Hass Av...

August 22, 2020

You've probably never thought about the origins of your favorite avocado, simply enjoying your taco or toast without a care for the interesting and inspirati...

A History Of Sliced Bread: The Best Thing Since Itself

July 7, 2020

A loaf of sliced white bread. (Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images) We have probably all heard the phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread," but it doesn...

1979: The First Ever Missing Child Appears On A Milk Ca...

May 25, 2020

May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, an occasion for various organizations like the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to raise awareness of the...

History Of The Hot Dog: Why Do We Call Them Dogs? Where...

May 13, 2020

Hot dogs were a favorite of street vendors. (Wikimedia Commons/Public domain) There's nothing more America than a hot dog. You can find them being sold at str...

The Invention Of Oreo: How America's Best-Selling Cooki...

May 8, 2020

Creamy, chocolatey, and impossible to limit to the recommended serving size, the Oreo is a timeless cookie that no household is complete without. Even though...

1944: World War II Rationing Of Most Meat Grades Offici...

May 3, 2020

During the onslaught of World War II, Americans at home tightened their belts and sacrificed many of their favorite meals when they were asked to ration much...

Ladies' Ordinaries: Women-Only Restaurants That Shielde...

March 8, 2020

The Gloppe patisserie on the Champs-Elysees, two women eating pastries, 1889, Jean Beraud. (M. Seemuller / De Agostini Picture Library via Getty Images) A gir...

Loofah Quiz

February 22, 2020

Newsflash: Loofahs aren't harvested from the bottom of the ocean like some kind of sea sponge. They're actually grown in giant, cucumber-like pods. Once they're dried and peeled and the porous webbing is remov...

Loofahs Are Actually Gourds? You Can Eat The 'Luffa' Pl...

February 22, 2020

If you've been scrubbing up with a loofah, not one of those things that you buy in the discount aisle that's made from an unknown synthetic substance but a real-d...

Colonel Sanders: The Unexpected Life Of The Fast Food P...

December 16, 2019

On December 16, 1980, the world lost a business icon and fried chicken guru when Harland David Sanders, better known as Colonel Sanders, died of leukemia. Wh...

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...

The Elizabethan Era's Most Horrifying And Disgusting Re...

November 17, 2019

The Elizabethan era began on November 17, 1558, when Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne. The era is remembered as a time of beautiful clothing, luxurious h...

Who Was The Real Betty Crocker?

September 26, 2019

Today, we know her as the premier purveyor of boxed cake mixes, but a generation or two ago, Betty Crocker was the go-to expert for all things baking. It may surprise you to know that ...

Mac N Cheese: The History Of America’s Favorite Comfort...

April 13, 2019

The All-American macaroni and cheese (made with American and Cheddar cheeses) is served at S'MAC, a new macaroni and cheese restaurant on E. 12th in New York....

Thank the St. Louis World’s Fair For Some of Your Favor...

February 20, 2019

Saint Louis World's Fair St. Louis 1904. Visitors in front of the Government building at the exhibition area. (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty ...

Chocolate - Food of the gods

December 29, 2018

These days, chocolate is a popular sweet treat and every holiday that comes around is another excuse to eat chocolate in various shapes and forms. Without it, there would be no s’mores or...

The History of S’mores

July 3, 2018

The making of the ultimate s'more with marshmallows, chocolate and graham cookies over a wood burning fire pit. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images) As soon as warm weather hits, peop...