A short history of the ballpoint pen and early debates about its impact on handwriting.
Origins of the North American fur trade.
James E. Doan reveals the sexual innuendoes and double-entendres based on Backgammon.
The complicated origins of St. Valentine's Day.
First of all, why the name "turkey?"
Thanksgiving as we know it was deliberately invented in the nineteenth century.
The unusual origin of the graham cracker
The political science behind pirates.
With all due respect to hamburgers and apple pie, hot dogs are arguably the most American of foods.