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Steven Johnson on Where Good Ideas Come From (Hint: Coffee!)

“The English coffee house was crucial to the development and spread of … The Englightenment, … in part because of what people were drinking there.” So begins author Steven Johnson’s excellent TED Talk about ideas, and in part about how the rise of coffee changed the world. Another quote: “The water wasn’t [...]

11 Very Important Things to Know About Cider

By Erika Janik Forget the juice; we’re talking about the hard stuff. Here are 11 facts everyone should know about good old-fashioned apple cider. 1. Back in the 14th century, it is believed that kids were baptized in cider since it was often more sanitary than water. 2. An apple beverage a day? President John Adams drank a [...]