Category Archives: History

18. How is Madame DuBarry like a cauliflower?

 After a wait of almost six months, I finally scored a copy of Craig Claiborne's New New York Times Cookbook (copyright date: 1975; a very good year indeed) from PaperBackSwap. The Soups chapter was fairly thin, but fairly interesting-looking. One … Continue reading

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Historically speaking, or my kids in a nutshell

So in the interests of attaining cultural literacy, the boys and I watched Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure tonight. Yes, possibly one of the stupidest movies of the '80s, but still fairly entertaining. Afterwards: Me (thinking this would be a … Continue reading

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Happy Prohibition Repeal Day!

On December 5, 1933, after thirteen years of what Herbert Hoover called "the noble experiment," Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Prohibition Repeal Act. His signature officially ended the reign of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which had … Continue reading

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"Party People": Parliament’s most boringest song. (Which is kind of like saying that you went to Rick James’ most mellowest party, but hey, whatev.) Speaking of parties: nobody threw one like the Hellenistic Alexandrians, apparently. During a giant civic procession … Continue reading

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