Why the milk crate, a commonly stolen type of container, became the target of tough legal regulations — and how those regulations have started to backfire.
The through line between the telegraph and the computer is more direct than you might realize. Its influence can be seen in common technologies, like the modem.
Why acne medication, from Clearasil to Oxy Pads to Proactiv, is pure marketing gold, and has been for generations of blemished faces. Just ask Dick Clark.
How IBM bet big on the microkernel being the next big thing in operating systems back in the '90s — and spent billions with little to show for it.
Why are ice cubes seemingly as American as unnecessary medical debt? Perhaps it's all the hard work we used to put into acquiring all that ice back in the day.
After some research and some careful bidding on eBay, I bought a damaged Mini — for $10, plus shipping. And I got it to work. And now, I'm telling you all about my experience.
How a series of creative ads helped Reese's peanut butter cups — and later, candy-coated peanut butter candies — conquer the world.
The Hackintosh has become a phenomenon in recent years, despite knotty ethical questions, because Apple's neglected superfans won’t stop thinking different.
Pondering the unusual association serious electronic composers had with children's music in the 1960s — especially Raymond Scott.
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.