Discover the Oldest Beer Recipe in History From Ancient Sumeria, 1800 B.C.

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Beer, that favorite beverage of football fans, frat boys, and other macho stereotypes—at least according to the advertisers—actually has a very long, distinguished heritage. It’s older, in fact, than wine, older than whiskey, older perhaps even than bread (or so some scholars have thought).


Guidelines for Handling William Faulkner’s Drinking During Foreign Trips From the US State Department (1955)

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There’s a polite turn of phrase I’ve always found amusing, if a little sad; when someone has too much to drink at a social function and embarrasses him or herself, we say the person has been “overserved.


George Orwell Creates a Who’s Who List of “Crypto” Communists for British Intelligence Forces (1949)

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Journalist and novelist Eric Blair, known for all of his professional life by the pen name George Orwell, staunchly identified himself as a democratic socialist.


Glorious Early 20th-Century Japanese Ads for Beer, Smokes & Sake (1902-1954)

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Earlier this month, we featured advertisements from Japan’s prewar Art Deco golden age, a period that shows off one facet of the country’s rich graphic history. While all forms of Japanese design remain compelling today, any time or place would be hard pressed to compete with the world of Japan’s pre-war print advertising.


Watch Veterans of The US Civil War Demonstrate the Dreaded Rebel Yell (1930)

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“It was the ugliest sound that any mortal ever heard—even a mortal exhausted and unnerved by two days of hard fighting, without sleep, without rest, without food and without hope.”
– Ambrose Bierce,  “A Little of Chickamauga” (1898)
“…a shrill ringing scream with a touch of the Indian war-whoop in it .


How Clocks Changed Humanity Forever, Making Us Masters and Slaves of Time

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In 1983, the Harvard economic historian David Landes wrote an influential book called Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World.


Let Me Librarian That for You: What People Asked Librarians Before Google Came Along

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I often wonder just how I would have done my job(s) before the advent of an internet that puts more or less whatever information I might need right at my fingertips. The answer, of course, applies to any question about how we did things in an earlier technological era: we would’ve had to talk to someone.


Monopoly: How the Original Version Was Made to Condemn Monopolies

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The great capitalist game of Monopoly was first marketed by Parker Brothers back in February 1935, right in the middle of the Great Depression. Even during hard times, Americans could still imagine amassing a fortune and securing a monopoly on the real estate market. When it comes to making money, Americans never run out of optimism and hope.


Hear the World’s Oldest Instrument, the “Neanderthal Flute,” Dating Back Over 43,000 Years

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Back in July of last year, we brought you a transcription and a couple of audio interpretations of the oldest known song in the world, discovered in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit and dating back to the 14th century B.C.E..


19th Century Maps Visualize Measles in America Before the Miracle of Vaccines

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This week, Rebecca Onion’s always interesting blog on Slate features historical maps that illustrate the toll measles took on America before the advent of vaccines. The map above brings you back to 1890, when measles-related deaths were concentrated in the South and the Midwest. That year, according to the U.S.


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