Older But Not Wiser: The Nose Gets Lucky

The day started off great. I was taking my 3-year-old granddaughter, Summer, for a walk around the neighborhood. We were having a contest—who could spot the most birds. OK, I may have cheated a little and counted one bird twice, but she’s 3 years old has to learn the ways of the world.

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The History of Ordinary Things: The Colorful History of Crayons

A crayon is a stick of pigmented wax used for writing or drawing. Wax crayons differ from pastels, which use a dry binder, such as Arabic gum powder, mixed with the pigment. In oil pastels, the binder is a mixture of wax and oil.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Don’t Ignore the Rocking Chair

The words “rocking chair” appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1787. Benjamin Franklin was credited with the invention in 1710, but probably early American cabinetmakers or farmers are responsible.

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Conversation Starters for Mother’s Day

If you’re trying to make conversation at Mother’s Day dinner this year, try sprinkling some of these facts into the discussion:

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’70s Flashback: A Rock-Solid Idea

Late in 1975, there would have been no reason for you to know the name of Gary Dahl.

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The History of Ordinary Things: An Ode to Overalls

Overalls were originally essential workwear intended to be worn over the wearer’s clothes. The design of overalls is a bib attached to trousers with over-the-shoulder straps.

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Blast to the Past! ‘Sunshine on My Shoulders’

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

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The History of Ordinary Things: Keeping Things Level over Time

How did early builders ensure the structures they were erecting were plumb vertically and horizontally?

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’70s Flashback: ‘Maybe it Will Grow on Me’

The Nike “Swoosh” symbol is so well recognized worldwide that it can stand alone without naming the Oregon sports-apparel empire.

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