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Food History: Mashed Potatoes

Food History: Mashed Potatoes

During the Seven Years War of the mid-1700s, a French army pharmacist named Antoine-Augustin Parmentier was captured by Prussian soldiers. As a prisoner of war, he was forced to live on rations of potatoes. In mid-18th century France, this would practically qualify as cruel and unusual punishment: potatoes were thought of as feed for livestock, …

The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37

Hi I’m John Green; this is Crash Course U.S. history and today we’re gonna talk about the Cold War. The Cold War is called “Cold” because it supposedly never heated up into actual armed conflict, which means, you know, that it wasn’t a war. Mr. Green, Mr. Green, but if the War on Christmas is …

The Fuzzy Origins of the Giant Panda

Thanks to LEGO.com and the LEGO Store—presenting the LEGO Ideas Tree House—for their support of PBS. The mountain forests of China are the last home of a very peculiar bear indeed: the giant panda. It’s one of the most recognizable mammals in the world, with its distinctive black-and-white coat and its adorably round physique. And …