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The Rise of Beer

The Rise of Beer

In 2018, 1.94 billion hectoliters of beer were produced across the globe (and for the non-metric among us, that translates into 51.25 billion gallons of beer–or many (many!) bottles of beer on the wall). A few years earlier, an American trade group called the Brewers Association, basing their early work on the contributions of the …

Do We Still Need Libraries?

Do We Still Need Libraries?

With almost unlimited access to a wide array of knowledge online, do we still need libraries? And do phones, computers, tablets and other devices make brick and mortar libraries obsolete? While some think that libraries are expensive and rarely used, others argue that they’re still essential social spaces that provide vital resources for communities. Today, …

A Brief History of Men’s Underwear

A Brief History of Men’s Underwear

Boxers, briefs, trunks, tighty-whiteys. Although some refer to underwear as “unmentionables,” men’s underwear actually has a fascinating history that goes beyond its practical uses of protection, cleanliness, and modesty. Alan Greenspan, the chair of the US Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, suggested in an interview with National Public Radio, that the underwear industry is …

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Why Do We Have Middle Names?

Most of us can understand the utility of having a first name: since it prevents us from calling everyone we meet “hey you!” And in many naming customs, surnames are a way to tie us to our family members and express our direct lineage. But why do we have middle names? Do they have any …