An ad in the American Weekly Mercury in February of 1720 promised 350 tickets would be sold, for 20 shillings a piece. The prize? "A new brick house, corner of Third and Arch," in Philadelphia.
These days, the ubiquitous dessert, a single-serving warm chocolate cake with a runny chocolaty center, is most closely associated with kitschy Valentine's Day dinners and chains touting buy-one-get-one-free appetizer deals.
Their audience didn't understand them. Their label didn't want to talk to them. Not to worry: For the Beastie Boys, it was a brand-new morning.
Celebrated though controversial, the late Don Rickles was scarcely the first comedian to turn racially insensitive slander into slapstick comedy.
It was an advertisement for AT&T in 1994, and people clicked on it like crazy.
Before its 2,000-plus videos had been viewed 8 billion times, TED was an annual conference for wealthy eggheads.
Our first hint that something, uh, more explicit might be going on should have been the maiden standing by the pump.
Without Adolphe Sax, there'd be no jazz, no Kenny G, no Epic Sax Guy. Having avoided death on seven different occasions, we very nearly almost had a world without Sax.
Behind this “call to farms” is the story of millions of women—from farming wives to single urbanites—who dropped everything to plow fields, plant crops, cultivate gardens, rake muck, milk cows, slaughter animals, and drive tractors.
In the Asbury Park Press, a stamp columnist called it a “postal horror.” “Hopefully, postal officials will learn some day that there is a difference between poster art and stampic art,” he wrote, derisively.
Using secret tools, and under cover of night, Indian “pundits” charted land for the British.
Online food mechanisms were probably secretly essential to the internet’s success, but it took a while for us to get a food option as good as Grubhub.
The story of Martin Sostre, a revolutionary prisoner who challenged and changed the American prison system from his cell in solitary confinement.
During the glacial maximum the world was cold, dry, and in every other imaginable way utterly inhospitable to humans. We got through it thanks to our adaptability — and, thanks to the bone needle.
A building's name often doesn't reflect the colorful truth in its history.
A radical group of artists in the 90s popularized the web’s most common attack.
She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle — and the women’s movement. Why haven't you heard of her?
Joe Colombo made it known that the production would not be welcome in New York if it insisted on embracing stereotypes — a clever misdirection that helped take some attention off his own criminal doings.
The story of a failed prediction and its unexpected aftereffects.
Ray Haroldsen didn’t really notice anything was wrong.
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