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The Mysterious Oreo Logo

Nabisco first unveiled the Oreo in 1912, then marked with a distinctive logo on the outer cookie shingles. In changed in 1924, and then acquired its current form in 1954. Oreo enthusiasts have studied the logos extensively, searching for their meanings: The circle topped with a two-bar cross in which the word “OREO” resides is a [...]

What the Sun-Maid Raisin Girl Really Looked Like

Have you ever torn open a box of raisins and wondered whether the girl on the packaging was real? (Don’t all raise your hands at once.) Well, she was real. Her name was Lorraine Collett Petersen. From Sun-Maid.com: “In May 1915, she was discovered drying her black hair curls in the sunny backyard of her parents’ home in [...]

What the Vertigo Apartment Looks Like Today

San Francisco: Jimmy Stewart’s Vertigo apartment Hitchcock fans no doubt remember Jimmy Stewart’s San Francisco apartment from the iconic Vertigo. AV Club’s Pop Pilgrims series has discovered that it’s still around today and largely looks the same. You can join them for a little tour in the video above, but if Hitchcock isn’t really your thing, [...]

Gmail Motion

OMG, you guys. Finally, Gmail Motion is here! Now you can use easy, real-world gestures to control Gmail. Want to send a message? Just pantomime licking a stamp and putting it on an envelope. Message sent! Want to Reply-All? Just point both thumbs behind you! You’re sending some mail to a bunch of people!! Let [...]

The Quick 10: 9 Miss Golden Globes (and one Mr.)

The Golden Globes are coming up this weekend, which means it’s time for a new Miss Golden Globe. Although the award ceremony has been around since 1944, Miss Golden Globe didn’t start handing out trophies until 1966. There were actually two Miss Golden Globes that year – one for film and one for television. The [...]

Bubble Trouble: The Not-So-Sweet History of Champagne

By Eric Furman Just hearing the word “champagne” conjures up images of sparkling wine, popping corks, and wild celebrations. But mentioning that other Champagne—as in the northeastern region of France—evokes a much more complex bouquet. Filled with wars, political clashes, and controversy, the bubbly region and its eponymous drink have produced a rich history worth toasting [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Mascots You Didn’t Know the Names Of

We see them day in and day out and often bring them into our homes to hang out with our families… but we don’t even know their real names. Tsk. Well, now you’ll be more familiar with the mascots you stock your cupboards with or see on T.V. every day – here are the not-so-well [...]

The Extraordinary World of Ex Libris Art

“QUANTUM SHOT” #48Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Sometimes ex libris is more valuable than the book containing it 

Ex libris, meaning ‘from the library of’, or ‘from the books of’ is a Latin expression attached to the art form of bookplates. These are stamps or labels that appear inside books to denote ownership, [...]