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Festivus (For The Rest of Us)

Festivus is a secular holiday observed on December 23rd as a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in its stress, religious aspects, or...

Bioluminescence: The Science Behind Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Most people know the story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – the most famous of Santa’s team. But does anyone know just how...

The First Television Commercial

The first television advertisement was broadcast in the United States on July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid $9 for a placement on New...

The Priestly Blessing: Origin of Vulcan Salute

In his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Leonard Nimoy wrote that he based the Vulcan Salute on the Priestly Blessing traditionally performed by Jewish Kohanim (priests) with...

The Smurfs Are Originally From Belgium

The popular cartoon “The Smurfs” made its first appearance on October 23, 1958 as a Belgian comic strip series created by cartoonist Pierre Culliford...

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting the beloved children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Over three decades, he became an icon of...

“Lazy Bones”: The First TV Remote Control

The first TV remote control called “Lazy Bones” was developed by Zenith Radio Corporation in 1950 and was connected to the television by a wire. A...