Shannon Hiramoto from Kauai, Hawaii found something special while thrift shopping at a local Salvation Army. But she had no idea how extraordinary it truly was.
San Francisco accepted the donation of a statue honoring World War II's “comfort women,” prompting the mayor of Osaka, Japan, to cut ties between the sister cities. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced the endorsement of the statue at a city council meeting on Wednesday, despite Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura's warnings about the possibility of the statue being given a permanent home in the city. Yoshimura will begin severing the ties between the two locales, which have been “sister cities” since 1957, and aims to completely separate from San Francisco by the end of the year.
LONDON (AP) — A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England.
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Decades ago — and for some, over a century ago — magazines like Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Vogue, and GQ were already on newsstands, but you wouldn’t recognize them. Blogger Karen X. Cheng and graphic designer Jerry Gabra recently compiled magazine covers across each decade — as far back as the 1900s — giving us a succinct summary of how some of our favorite periodicals have evolved over time. Cosmopolitan was actually founded as a family magazine in 1866, re-emerged as a literary journal in the 1900s, and became a women’s magazine in the 1960s.
Thousands of ice cream trucks roam residential streets in the United States, but no truck is as ubiquitous as Mister Softee, the quintessential summertime cheap eat. Here is its story, told through the eyes of its founders and one of Mister Softee’s current drivers.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, especially when it involves food, recipes, and American history. In the following excerpts from Cook’s Country Eats Local, you’ll find handful of curious stories whose after-effects still influence our dining habits today.
By: Kristin Hunt Credit: Flickr/Mike Mozart Unless you now have children of your own, are an amazing aunt or uncle, have a side-gig in robot-mouse mechanics, or are extremely creepy, you probably haven’t been to a Chuck E. Cheese’s in decades. Turns out the kiddie empire has some highly unexpected cameos in its past, including Elvis and even Steve Jobs. The founder also created Atari and Pong You might’ve thought Bill Nye or your “dad” was the most important man in your childhood, but it was actually Nolan Bushnell. He even mentored Steve Jobs In the ‘70s, Bushnell hired some young scamp named Steve Jobs to work on video games for Atari.
From a brewery founded by an actual saint to a distillery that used to be called ’t Lootsje, here's the nitty-gritty on eight cool, mighty old spirits companies and breweries.
Dubbed “Little Kyoto,” the Sea of Japan-sitting city of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, triumphs marvelously in the arts world. Lying more than 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, Kanazawa has officially become the last stop on the country’s newly extended bullet train network, the speedy Hokuriku Shinkansen line. Originally built as Kanazawa Castle’s outer garden, Kenroku-en is one of three Great Gardens of Japan and where the famous Kotoji Toro lantern and Japan’s oldest natural fountain are located.
Illustration: Scott Teplin 1955—Miso ramen invented in Sapporo. 1958—Momofuku Ando invents instant ramen in his shed. This is an excerpt from Karen Leibowitz’s piece “Momofuku Ando and the Invention of Instant Ramen,” from Issue 1 of Lucky Peach.
Krispy Kremes, whether glazed or stuffed with raspberry jelly, have had us hooked for 74 years, and we’re not looking to quit anytime soon. We took a close look at the history of this donut empire. It involves pizza.
"Washington Crossing the Delaware" debuted at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1897, and it’s still there now. In between, it’s been loaned around the country, moved, and re-installed. Here’s a visual retrospective of the painting through the years.
It’s hard to believe now, but this desert ship graveyard in Uzbekistan used to be one of the largest lakes in the world. (Credit: Flickr/Martijn.Munneke)
Like the great American hero Superman, the great American foods like cheeseburgers and chocolate chip cookies have some fairly interesting origin stories.