Ballpoint Pen CSI

A short history of the ballpoint pen and early debates about its impact on handwriting.

Beavers, Hats, and the Fur Trade

Origins of the North American fur trade.

The Erotics of Backgammon

James E. Doan reveals the sexual innuendoes and double-entendres based on Backgammon.

The Origins of St. Valentine’s Day

The complicated origins of St. Valentine's Day.
Let's Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

First of all, why the name "turkey?"

The Modern Invention of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving as we know it was deliberately invented in the nineteenth century.

A Hell of a Cracker

The unusual origin of the graham cracker
hot dogs: americas cheap meat

Hot Dogs: America’s Fast, Cheap Meat

With all due respect to hamburgers and apple pie, hot dogs are arguably the most American of foods.