The tradition of an open house at the White House dates back to the administration of Thomas Jefferson. Why is this an important aspect of the American democratic process?
From the Great Wall of China to Hadrian's Wall to the New Amsterdam Wall on Wall Street to the Wall defended by Castle Black, walls have a long-standing place in history and pop culture to defend people. But they're sites of complex interactions, too
Will you have help digging out after a snowstorm or are you the one offering help?
Bowling Green has a history that has withstood the test of time
How are you dealing with dissenting opinions in your news feed? And within your circle of friends and family?
Nothing can escape marketing--even the Romans knew this.
Who yields to whom in the meeting of umbrellas on a city sidewalk?
Large group meals that are sponsored and produced by specific individuals are a luxury—both in terms of the foods that are served in these settings and the event itself—but they are also ripe with obligation.
Sending written holiday greetings is not a new tradition. Holiday cards are new, however. Where did this practice come from and why does it persist?
Where does the idea of Christmas spirit come from and why does it hinge so much on behavior?
Whether or not breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day, the real emphasis seems to be on keeping weekday breakfast as low-key as possible
History is littered with examples where the the facts were altered to suit a specific purpose. Here are three instances where falsified public accounts were used to chart the course of history
Weeds are the bane of gardening but they can help us learn how we arrived at agriculture's doorstep
Why has fake news persisted? We've built the world to enhance our automatic assumption of the “right” action. Online social networks have been primed to reflect these assumptions of human behavior: We're not inclined to vet the information our friends show us because we've curated the experience to highlight things that are important to our network. Our default inclination is to trust our network.
The American history of the political yard sign may date back to 1824 when John Quincy Adams had signs printed for his presidential run. Our current wireframe version seems to have originated in the 1960s. However, the legacy of this kind of political propaganda is much older
Organizations need a mechanism to evaluate potential options for change. Is there anything salvageable from the postmortem?
Maybe it's Michael Myers. Maybe it's a jumbie. But chances are it's something else. The real question is: Why are we all afraid of it?
There was a time when the Victorian facade was a prevalent status symbol in the United States. How did these houses go from celebrated to creepy?
Questions of bathroom access tend to have the greatest impact on the poor and the marginalized.
We live in the age of information, so why do we still make bad decisions? Or worse, no decisions?