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Popcorn and the Movies: How Did That Come About?
by Marjorie Dorfman

How did this popular snack worm its way into our hearts? How and when did it become a staple of the movie industry and why is it so very popular in all of its forms? These and other issues will be addressed within.
The Volt: Electric Car For the Future Available Today
by Marjorie Dorfman

The Volt may not be the world's first electric car, but it is by far the most interesting. Learn all about its award-winning features and why it symbolizes the car for a sustainable planet earth.
The Weight Dilemma Over The Holidays: A Losing (Gaining) Battle?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you noticed the holidays are nigh? Does this mean your waistline will be too? Learn how to keep that weight gain manageable during the impending holiday season. Read on, for there are no calories within…
The Parade Throughout History: An Interesting Caravan
by Marjorie Dorfman

What purpose do parades serve? How long have they been in existence? Learn more about this important social narrative and how it has evolved to its modern day state.
The Bathing Suit: From Wherever Did It Come?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first to wear bikinis? It might be surprising to learn that the ancient world, particularly the civilizations of Pompeii and Crete win. What changes has swimwear gone through down through the ages. Read the bare truth here and now.
History of Gift Wrap: So Many Packages, So Little Time
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first people to wrap their gifts and how did the tradition spread? Why is the gift wrapping industry in America considered an "accidental occurrence"? The pretty truth is unwrapped for you.

The History of Shoes: Goody Twos And Otherwise
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why and how did shoes begin? How have they evolved throughout history and what does it all mean? Some interesting answers can be found within if you dare to read on.

M Is For the Many Things She Gave Me
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where would we be without our mothers? A cold hard thought that surely leads to dark places. How did we come to honor the women that brought us into the world? Read on for a humorous though sincere look.

Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
by Marjorie Dorfman

In what ways is Hanukkah unlike any other world festival? In what ways is it connected to celebrations of all kinds at this time of year? Read about this very special festival of lights.

Unmentionables Throughout History: The Naked Truth About Underwear
by Marjorie Dorfman

What is the history behind what we all wear underneath? How did it all begin? Read on for some "unmentionable" history.

Everything I Have Is Yours: The True History of The IRS
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why is the Internal Revenue Service a part of our lives? How did all that get started anyway? Read on for some history, for richer or for poorer.

The History of Valentine Cards: How Do I Love Thee?
by Marjorie Dorfman

How did the custom of sending valentine cards originate? Why is it still so popular today? These and other "heart-felt" issues will be addressed below. Read on whether your heart be light or heavy.

Different Holiday Traditions: Aren’t We Really More the Same than Different?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are our traditions separating rather than uniting us? Are they really so very different or are there more similarities between them than previously thought? Read on, whether you are expecting Santa to visit on Christmas Eve or some reasonable, perhaps thinner, facsimile.

The Truth Unmasked: The Story Behind The Halloween Mask
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first people to wear masks? Was the Lone Ranger a masked avenger or merely a copy-cat with a secret to uphold? Watch the truth unravel before your eyes as you read on, if you dare.

Strange People With Even Stranger Names: Which Came First?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why is a name so important and what happens when would-be parents run amok with creativity? Read on for some serious name-calling examples.

How Not To Wear A Sarong; Or, It’s Sarong Time, It’s Sarong Place
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why does the sarong evoke such mystery among those of us who don't know how to wear one? Read on to learn why, but not necessarily how.

The Umbrella Throughout History: Let a Smile Always Be Yours
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first people to use umbrellas? Why did rain have nothing to do with them? Read on for some answers to these and other rather shady questions.

Choosing the Proper EyeGlasses, Or How Not To Make a Public Spectacle of Yourself
by Marjorie Dorfman

How do our eyeglasses help us to make a personal fashion statement about ourselves? Why are some eyeglasses flattering and some not? Read on for some insight on the subject, whether you see well or no.

Mascara For The Gods: The History of Make-up
Part Two: The Modern World
by Marjorie Dorfman

In what ways did the art of makeup change in the modern world? How was its use influenced by Elizabeth I and her followers? Read on for some answers, red hot, dusty pink and otherwise.

The Christmas Carol: Why not Charlotte or Marie?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Just how old are Christmas carols and when were the first ones sung? How did they become such an integral part of the holiday tradition? Read on for a cup of cheer and some truth.

Mascara For the Gods: A History of Make-up
Part One: The Ancient World
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first in the world to wear make-up? How did it become so popular throughout the history of the world? The answers lie below, amid much dusting powder, mascara and perfume.

The Clothes Hanger: And Thereby Hangs the Tale
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where did the coat hanger come from and what does it expect from modern civilization? This pivotal question may not change the course of history but it may make you feel more respectful towards your closets!

Men Just Want To Have Fun
by Marjorie Dorfman

Is makeup for men here to stay? If so, what does it mean to the women of these men? Will togetherness soon be defined by a sharing of lipstick and mascara? Read on for some answers and a chuckle or two.

Buttons: Where Did They Come From
by Marjorie Dorfman

What is the real truth about buttons? Where did they come from and why? These and other issues are addressed within and, hopefully, will bring some closure to the mystery.

Blue Jeans: An American Phenomenon
by Marjorie Dorfman

What is the history of blue jeans in America and how did they shift from being work pants to high fashion? Read on for some answers.

Unwanted Holiday Gifts: Many Unhappy Returns
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you had it with all the unwanted gifts that are laying around your house? Well, do something about it! Send them back where they came from before they can get even. Read on for some helpful holiday advice.

Credit Cards: A Boon to Us Loons or Economic Doom?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you know anyone today who does not own a credit card? Is there such a person? Learn how to find this person if he or she exists and borrow some money and/or credit from him or her. Read on for some facts, and some costly ones at that.

Going Once, Going Twice: Bidding With Your Head So You Don’t Lose Your Shirt
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are auctions so popular in America today? Find out the not so inexpensive truth about how you too can buy that one-of-a-kind item at a price you never before expected. Read on and laugh!

Family Trees: How Far Does the Apple Really Fall?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you ever wondered about your ancestors and who they really were? Do you dare to find out? Read on for some advice and hopefully a smile or two

The Not So Hidden Persuaders: The Power of Media Upon Us All
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why is a tissue usually referred to a kleenex? What has Madison Avenue done to our minds so that we eat, think and even dream brand names? The following information may upset you, but hopefully will make you smile with your new found enlightenment.

An Elvis State of Mind
by Marjorie Dorfman

Will death spoil Elvis Presley? No, I don't think so because it hasn't happened, even after being dead for more than a quarter of a century. Although many celebrities retain fame long after passing, few manage to still provide a means of income for others. Learn about this strange cultural phenomenon and....wonder.

Teddy Bares All: The Naked Truth about America’s Love Affair with the Teddy Bear
by Marjorie Dorfman

How did the teddy bear get its name? Why is it usually the first toy a child receives and yet it is also a gift for all ages, seasons and occasions? In short, what has teddy got that other toys don’t? For the inside scoop and a few laughs, read on.

Tattoo: Graffiti or Art Form
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you ever really wonder why some people have tattoos and others don't? What is it that makes someone want this form of self-mutilation? Or is it an art form? Examine this controversial cultural phenomenon and see why some of us are more nuts than others. Enjoy!

New Years and A New Leaf . . . Good Grief!
by Marjorie Dorfman

Is it that annoying time of year again already? You know, that moment when you decide to never do this and always do that forever more. Well, stop right there and read on. It's time for a change, a revolution in resolutions and a few laughs as well!

Holiday Shopping: Some Rules for the Road
by Marjorie Dorfman

Here we are again! It's that time of year for credit cards and fruitcakes and bright and shiny lights! No one is excluded and all checkbooks are welcome everywhere! If you are wondering what to buy for whom, read on for a little holiday advice. It won't help at all, but maybe you will have a change of attitude and be able to relax enough to have a laugh or two. I hope so.

Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner? A Harried Look at Holidays and Relatives
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you believe it's almost that time of year again? Just when you thought you forgot about all that special tension and stress the holidays can bring, there they are, right smack in your face. Read on for one way to cope with them, albeit with a laugh or two in the process.

Television Talk Shows: Will They Ever Go Away?
by Marjorie Dorfman

How do Talk Shows affect our everyday lives? Do we really understand and appreciate all of their ramifications? Read on for some unexpected answers and a laugh or two as well.

Old Movies and Nostalgia: The Good Old Days Weren't Quite So Hot
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why do old movies make us cry? Are we very sure we are simply not just seated next to someone peeling an onion? The good old days tell their own sad stories. Read on for details and a laugh or two.

Celebrity Endorsements: Some Dead Men Do Tell Tales
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you noticed many famous dead people are still around and they are trying to sell us things? If you think they should stay dead and be left alone, please read on.

Are You Losing Weight... Or Your Mind? Which Weighs More?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you just about had it with that extra ten or fifteen pounds that you can't seem to lose? Give up and adjust to appendages. Maybe you'll learn to laugh and appreciate yourself a bit more.

Daylight Saving Time: Does Anybody Here Really Know What Time It Is?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where did the idea of daylight saving time come from anyway? What does it do and why? Read on for some answers and a laugh or two.

Buying Memorabilia: The Price Really Paid for James Cagney's Dirty Socks
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why do items once owned by celebrities cost so much money? Read on and maybe you'll find out

Television Commercials and New, Improved Products
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you ever wonder about new and improved products? What were we buying before and how can we believe anyone? Read on for a chuckle about the world of advertising through television.

Winter Blues: Waiting for the Spring Thaw
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you find yourself down in the dumps because nothing is happening except snow, ice and cold? Read on for a humorous attempt to remedy the situation.

Ode To A Recycled Urn: The Second Hand Shop
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are you one of those who cannot resist a bargain? Have you discovered the joys of the thrift store or are you still in the second-hand dark? Have a look and see.

Billboards: Not Just Another Pretty Space
by Marjorie Dorfman

The billboard is as American as apple pie. How did it get here and what does it tell us about our popular culture?

Horror Movies: Do Dead Men Walk Our City Streets and How Can We Tell?
by Marjorie Dorfman

What has happened to the world of the horror cinema? Can it scare us the way it used to? Read on and laugh.