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Why Boomer Dads Are So Obsessed With a Certain Type of History Book

In John Mulaney’s 2018 stand-up special, Kid Gorgeous, he tells the story of a discussion he had with his mother about a ghost in his…

Before Charles Ponzi, There Was Sarah Howe

If you’re in the mood for a sausage fest, try Googling “Ponzi scheme.” You’ll get a couple million hits proffering the expansive, history-making criminal enterprises…

The Mid-Century Male Energy of Apollo 11

A mere 50 years after we put men on the moon, we’ve gotten around to talking about the women who shaped NASA and the Apollo…

Searching for the Truth About ‘Soggy Biscuit’

It’s an enigma, Soggy Biscuit: a decades-old social meme; a word-of-mouth cultural phenomena like the pencils-up-the-nose finals suicide that gets everyone in the exam hall…