retail therapy

The original home shopping frenzy

All about Sears! “As they branched out into other product lines, including sewing machines, bicycles and even cars, their catalogue steadily increased in size. By 1908 it offered more than 100,000 items over 1,400 pages, weighed four pounds and was […]

fun facts

Financing the American home

“On American streets, the [30 year mortgage] is everywhere. It makes up around 80% of an $11.3 trillion mortgage market. Yet, with the exception of Denmark, it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Even baseball exists in more countries.” | learn […]

to your health

How Michael Holick sold America on Vitamin D

Yep, I’m still here learning more about Vitamin D. Another interesting side to the supplement is how it was popularized, though I think it’s not as nefarious as the author would have you believe: “The doctor most responsible for turning the […]

fun facts

American truck owners, French words: Tonneau

Think about a pick-up truck with an open bed. You might want a cover for the bed. These are called Tonneau Covers in truck parlance. The word is a throwback to the era of horse-drawn carriages. | learn more

to your health

A $175 Covid-19 test, $2,479 in charges

“A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six-figures to […]

big ideas

The American soviet mentality

Some timely writing about the Soviet Union that’s applicable to the US culture today. “It was during that campaign [against Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago] that the Soviet catchphrase “ne chital, no osuzhdayu”—“didn’t read, but disapprove”—was born: Pasternak’s accusers had coined it to […]