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From Cheddar Cheese to Lyme Disease: 26 Things Named After Places

You know the names. You might not know where they came from. Cheddar image via Shutterstock 1. Cheddar Cheese This ubiquitous cheese gets its name from the town of Cheddar in southwest England. Unlike other cheeses named for their town of origin, like Gorgonzola and Parmesan, Cheddar is not covered by a Protected Designation of Origin, which means [...]

The Hidden Meanings of Tattoos

The real stories behind popular body-art symbols. The Jerusalem Cross and the Dragon: A Royal Fad England’s King Edward VII started the royal tattoo craze in 1862. During a trip to the Holy Land, the then-Prince of Wales had a Jerusalem Cross inked on his arm. His son, the future King George V, followed in his father’s [...]

Was There Really a Granny Smith? 9 Fruit & Veggie Origins

The other night my parents were having a discussion about the origins of the name of Fordhook lima beans—apparently their empty-nest existence is not quite as thrilling as I’d suspected—when my mom started researching and emailed me her findings. It raised the very pressing question of what other people have fruits and vegetables named after [...]