Fifties Flashback: It’s My Party

In 1946 a Massachusetts DuPont chemist-inventor named Earl Tupper introduced “Poly-T Wonder Bowls.” They were polyethelene food-storage containers that varied in size and came in unusual pastel hues.

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Fifties Flashback: Oh, You Beautiful Doll!

Barbara Handler Segal has recalled strangers saying to her, “So you’re the Barbie doll!”

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Happy Fat Tuesday

This year the revelry of the carnival season will culminate on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in celebrations around the world before the start of Lent.

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Fragments of History: Fascinating Facts about the ‘Feel-Good Food’

Chocolate has been making Americans smile for at least 4,000 years now — South Americans, that is.

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The Full Moons of 2018

Here’s a list of the full moons of 2018 and what they symbolize.

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Fifties Flashback: America’s New Old Hero

While numerous historians have portrayed Davy Crockett as a brave folk figure, many others have blasted him as being a self-serving con artist.

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Columbus’ Anchor Salvaged from the Depths

A team of explorers believes it has discovered an anchor from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships in the Caribbean.

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How ‘Trick or Treat!’ Took Over the World

Wherever you live, chances are that on Oct. 31 you’ll be visited by pirates, ghosts, princesses, and monsters crying, “Trick or treat!” at your front door. Costumes and going door-to-door for treats can be traced back to pagan and Christian rituals from the Middle Ages.

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Fragments of History: The Smartest Man in America

When it became clear that the American colonies would have to engage in a war for independence from England, Ben Franklin was made president of Pennsylvania’s defense committee.

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