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1967: When Computer Science Was 'Women's Work' Because It's 'Like Planning A Dinner'

Culture | September 12, 2019

A woman working on a Honeywell tape drive computer, circa 1969. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images) In the late 1960s, comput...

Was There Really A Feud Between Neil Young And Lynyrd Skynyrd?

Music | September 11, 2019

Left: Gary Rossington, Steve Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd,on the field before the 1977 Season Opening Atlanta Braves Game. Right: Neil Young...

Cookie Monster Began Life Stealing Canadian Snacks

Icons | September 10, 2019

Sesame Street Muppet Cookie Monster poses for photographs during a press conference in January 2013. Photo by Georg Wendt/picture alliance via Getty Images If not for...

Why Was Mayonnaise Such A Staple Of The Groovy Era?

Fads | September 9, 2019

In Cold War America, "mayonnaise on everything" was the rule. We've seen the t-shirts and memes that advocate "sriracha on everything" -- imagine that sort of ever-...

Disney Created Fake Companies To Buy Up Land In Florida

Culture | September 8, 2019

Left: Disney World's Magic Kingdo under construction prior to its 1971 opening. Right: A window on Main Street commemorates M.T. Lott Real Estate Investments. Sour...

Modulex: The Short-Lived 1963 LEGO for Architects

Culture | September 7, 2019

Shopping the Modulex way. Source: flickr.com/photos/minkowsky/ We've all seen impressive Lego models of buildings and cities, but there was once a name for Lego archit...

The CIA Would Use 'Love Dolls' As Decoys In The 1970s

Culture | September 6, 2019

In the thick of the Cold War, America's Central Intelligence Agency conscripted unfeeling, pneumatic specialists to foil the enemy: inflatable plastic or rubber l...

Claudia Cardinale, Young Italian Beauty Of American Westerns, Then And Now

Entertainment | September 5, 2019

Left: Claudia Cardinale on the set of 'The Adventures of Gerard' at Cinecitta Studios in 1968. Right: Cardinale in '8 1/2' (1963). Sources: Phot...

Gunter Schabowski: How One Man's Mistake Brought Down The Berlin Wall

Culture | September 4, 2019

Left: Gunter Schabowski at a press conference on November 9. 1989. Right: Citizens demolishing the Berli Wall. Sources: DPA/AFP/Getty Images; theimag...

'I Want Candy' Is About A 1960s Singer From The World's Fair

Icons | September 3, 2019

“I Want Candy,” the strangely timeless song released by The Strangeloves in 1965 (and Bow Wow Wow in 1982) has been said to be about everything from sex, t...

How Ninjas, As You Know Them, Only Date Back To The '60s

Entertainment | September 2, 2019

How old are ninjas?Pop culture in the U.S. and Japan has long been fascinated by the ninja, a black-clad assassin practicing ancient Japanese martial arts and ...

Ali MacGraw: Young 'Love Story' Beauty, Then And Now

Entertainment | September 1, 2019

Ali MacGraw in a fashion photo shoot for Glamour magazine, 1967. Photo by Sante Forlano/Condé Nast via Getty Images Ali MacGraw, co-star of Love Story (1970) and Th...

How The 1960s Made Us Scared Of Quicksand

Culture | August 31, 2019

Why were we afraid of quicksand? On TV shows and in movies of the '60s and '70s, quicksand was a go-to plot twist that could be inserted virtually anywhere for a jolt of susp...

Starsky & Hutch Were Based On These Two Awesome Cops

Entertainment | August 30, 2019

Left: David Soul (L) and Paul Michael Glaser talk outdoors in a still from the television series, 'Starsky and Hutch,' circa 1977. Right: NYPD cops Telano and Sepe su...

The Studio Sabotaged 'Psycho' And The Fact That It Was Made Is Miraculous

Entertainment | August 29, 2019

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most claustrophobic thrillers of the 20th century, and it features easily the most famous shower scene...

Why Were Blacklight Posters So Popular In The '70s?

Culture | August 28, 2019

Few wall adornments are so quintessentially '70s as the blacklight poster, depicting Marvel superheroes, noble warriors, R. Crumb cartoons or drug imagery. Througho...

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