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Image courtesy Library of Congress Happy anniversary! On this date in 1919, America officially became a “dry” country as prohibition became the law of the land. Following the ratification of the 18th amendment, there was a whole lotta alcohol that needed to be disposed of around the country, and...

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Whether America is celebrating its founding fathers or its independence, we ask a question about one item most of us are quite dependent upon today: What were toilets like in 1776? To understand the privies of the day, it’s best to look at the entire state of sanitation overall...

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Two men wearing life jackets on a small boat on Lake Erie, 1976. Both the boat and the men are covered in oil polluting Lake Erie. Image courtesy of Cleveland State University Library Division of Special Collections. When the oozing Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, consider that it...

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Yesterday, our tunnel boring machine Mackenzie—who has been disassembled for more than a month but keeps right on tweeting—received a great question from a follower: Are all tunnel boring machines named after women? Why?@MomChungtheTBM @BerthaDigsSR99 @BigAlmatheTBM @LadyBirdTBM @MackenzieTBM — Kimble McCraw (@kimblem) December 12, 2013 With a little help...

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