Looking back to the first text message, few of us would have predicted its spread and impact during the past 30 years.
Why the East Coast Has Long and Skinny Butter But Not the West Coast
Comparing the butter we buy on the East and West Coast of the U.S., many of us could wonder why the shape and size are different.
Why Hydration Was Invented
Decades ago, before anyone started thinking about hydration, we were okay. But now, we go nowhere without our water bottles. Why? Inventing Hydration Many of us have been told to drink eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. Known as…
How a Contest Can Encourage Ingenuity
In Taiwan, for two days, people whose name was “salmon” (and five of their friends) got all-you-can-eat sushi. Offered by a sushi restaurant chain, the promotion created “salmon chaos.” Because you just needed an identity card that included “gui yu” (the…
January 2021 Friday’s e-links: The Story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
First among our January e-links, this feel good Flamin’ Hot Cheetos story is about a janitor, a CEO, and the American Dream.
Why We Could Have Twist Tie Tariffs
Just like Alaskans have many words for snow, Bedford Industries has a lot of names for twist ties. There are spooled ties and poly twists, clip bands and double wire tin-ties. And that was only the beginning. I copied some…