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GETTING THEIR HOOKS IN

How the rent-to-own retail model, exemplified by Rent-a-Center, evolved from a mainstream model in the UK to one widely seen as predatory in the US.
NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE

For a while, hidden tracks were everywhere, especially during the CD era. But thanks to streaming music, there’s nowhere to put them. Is that good or bad?
THE GUY NOW HAS ISOLDPURPLE.COM

One of the most notable domain holdouts in internet history finally sells Purple.com to the mattress company that made its colorful name famous.
NO ORDER, ONLY CHAOS

Why aren’t area codes laid out in a seemingly logical way, like ZIP Codes are? Part of the answer can be found in the rotary dial of early telephones.
WHERE YOUR OLD EMAILS ARE

The early graphical client Eudora was how people checked their email in the '90s. But in the end, only the power users stuck around. Here's what you missed.
MOORE THAN PLENTY

The tale of R. Stevie Moore, perhaps the most prolific musician that the world has ever seen. So why haven’t you heard of him?
A DIRTY PAST

From soft dough to paper, the world’s definition of a napkin has evolved significantly over the past couple thousand years. (It’s currently evolving again.)
STILL POPPING UP HERE AND THERE

The Gopher protocol, invented at the University of Minnesota in 1991, isn't supported by the modern web basically at all. But despite this, it lingers on, a quarter century from its peak. Here's how.
BLUE IS THE MOST DOMINANT COLOR

Somehow CGA graphics, the IBM PC’s first take on color, haven’t completely faded into history. But those four colors inspire a whole lot of nostalgia.
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