During the early 1950s, you could not get away from chlorophyll at the grocery store — all thanks to a thinly sourced belief that the plant pigment fought odors.
The legacy of the seat belt, the world's most prevalent safety device, and the act of corporate goodwill that ensured everyone's car got the best design.
How one man's discovery of a clever sound effect gave us one of the most enduring novelty musical acts of all time, Alvin and the Chipmunks.
From Kevin Trudeau to Miss Cleo, infomercial schemes of the past 40 years have a lot in common with the "dark patterns" of the modern-day app economy.
As content filters re-enter the digital conversation, a look back at the internet filters of the '90s, and the librarian who sold the Supreme Court on them.
What a blogger learned from a year of traveling to restaurants that used to be part of much larger chains before being forced to fend for themselves.
Why the processor socket, an important part of most desktop computers, lost its upgrade path as computers became smaller and more integrated.
Here are five aspects of Thanksgiving brought to life thanks to the power of corporate marketing schemes.
How famed US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, at the age of 82, became an internet entrepreneur, and why his namesake website burned out, fast.
The surprising modern status of the vacuum tube, a vintage technology that continues to maintain its value and use case in a world full of transistors.
Pondering the evolution of electronic tolling, the system that doesn't slow you down even as it charges you to use it. It has roots in the theremin — sorta.
Pondering the way that retired or obscure fast food menu items create cult followings. Had a Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito lately? Consider yourself lucky.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the "Fun Size" candy bar, let's highlight the time Mars tried to sue one of its largest competitors for using the term.
The history of the world’s favorite Halloween carol, Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "The Monster Mash." Here's how a song about dead creatures came to life.
Decades after Silicon Graphics' heyday, its supercomputers have found themselves a new home with a small community full of enthusiasts — some just teenagers.
From board games to stunted game systems, the many attempts to turn VHS into a platform for games ran into a big problem: There was only one way forward.
How a court battle involving groundbreaking disk-compression software foreshadowed Microsoft's status as an antitrust darling.
Clip art gets a bad rap as an artform, in part because it's everywhere. Let's give it some grudging respect by filling in some historic gaps.
The story of the Curta Calculator, a stylish portable mechanical calculator that doesn't use electricity and has a surprisingly dramatic origin story.
In the ’80s and ’90s, advertisers got the idea to market products to kids through video games. The games aren’t half-bad (mostly), but they’re still ads.