Celebrate Valentine’s Day with These Famous Lovers

Valentine’s Day celebrates love and happiness, and although real life offers plenty of true stories with happily-ever-after endings, many of us look to literature for inspiring tales of passion’s power.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Red-Red Lipstick

Cleopatra colored her lips with red dye from the crushed shells of the cochineal bug, which is still used today to make carmine, a red food coloring.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Remembering One-Room School Days

Many seniors of today attended a one-room school, and many of our mothers and grandmothers were teachers for at least a short time.

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It Didn’t Start with the Oreo

Who doesn’t like a cookie every now and then? Cookies have a long history, but the first ones didn’t taste much like the treats we enjoy today.

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The History of Ordinary Things: The Americanization of Santa Claus

Centuries ago, European Christmas customs centered on St. Nicholas, a charitable Turkish Catholic bishop born in the fourth century. St. Nicholas was associated with gift giving to children, which occurred on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Tramp Art and Hobo Bottle Washers

In the collector’s world, there is a category known as “tramp art,” which includes wire kitchen utensils with a unique bottle-washer end. These were handmade by tramps, or hobos, who rode the railcars circa the 1930s.

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Sixties Flashback: Skirting the Issue

Miniskirts were not born, as many of us believe, during the U.K. youthquake (as it was called) of the frenzied ’60s.

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Willing to Wander: Drive-in Theaters That Are More than That

From time to time, residents of the little town of Farmington, Maine, gather to attend events ranging from a craft fair and flea market to a band concert and Catholic Mass.

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The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern

The jack o’lantern is one of the most popular and enduring symbols of Halloween, that night when children of all ages dress up and go door to door in search of treats. But where did “jack” come from?

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