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A Brief History of Kissing in Movies

A Brief History of Kissing in Movies | eklectica.in
Who was your first kiss? Not the actual, physical kiss — that is really none of my business — but a witnessed meeting of two mouths on-screen? Was it the smooching pooches in “The Lady and the Tramp,” their lips serendipitously joined by a strand of spaghetti? Jack and Rose in the boiler room of the Titanic? Jack and Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain”? Cher and Nicolas Cage in “Moonstruck”? Or was it an older, more canonical osculation, from the era when a kiss was as far as an on-screen pair were allowed to go, with or without the benefit of clergy? Bogey and Bergman in “Casablanca”? Bergman and Cary Grant in “Notorious”? Grant and Eva Marie Saint or Grace Kelly or Katharine Hepburn?

How 10 Classic Foods Made Their Way to America

How 10 Classic Foods Made Their Way to America | eklectica.in
Where did that popcorn that you cannot do without while watching the movie come from? And that coffee which wakes you up in the morning?

Popcorn, chewing gum, potatoes, tomatoes, pretzels, okra, coffee, apples, ice cream, ketchup – things you eat or drink everyday. Find out where these 10 classic foods made their way to America

Why we get hiccups and how to stop them

Why we get hiccups and how to stop them

Why do people hiccup anyway? Even scientists are a little bewildered by this. “We still don’t know what hiccups do, and our cure for them hasn’t improved since Plato,” says Robert Provine. He’s a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County who studies the evolution of behavior, and he researched hiccupping extensively for his recent book Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. One problem, Provine notes, is that hiccups have been difficult to study: “You can’t just go into the lab and ask someone to hiccup for you.” That means the research that does exist typically concerns people with problematic hiccups that have generally been going on for days, weeks, or years. But even research on these people has gleaned many surprising facts about hiccups.

The Stimulating History of Coffee

The Stimulating History of Coffee | eklectica.com
You don’t speak Turkish. You don’t speak Finnish. You don’t speak Mandarin or Cantonese. None of these languages is remotely related to English. In fact, none of these languages are even in the same language family. Yet you can recognize, within the two quick syllables of kah-vay, ka-vee, and ka-fay, the word you know as coffee.

The Invention of Sliced Bread

The Invention of Sliced Bread | eklectica.in
Throughout most of history, we either baked the bread ourselves, or bought it from bakers in giant, solid loaves — until one man revolutionized the way we consumed it.

On the surface, sliced bread seems pretty simple. But it didn’t come easily: it’s an invention that endured tremendous hardships, tragedy, and years of innovation before hitting the shelves in the 1920s. It even toughed out a government ban during World War II.

And it began with a tenacious inventor named Otto.

The Invention of the Equals Sign

The Invention of the Equals Sign | eklectica.in

The ideas of algebra brought on the symbols, not the other way around. Robert Recorde had written the words “is equal to” almost two hundred times in his book Whetstone of Witte (1557) before noticing that he could easily “avoid the tedious repetition” of those three words by designing the symbol = to represent them. The initial incentive was the need to abbreviate, but once the equal symbol was in place, something else took over. The concise character of the symbol came with an unintended benefit: it enabled an unadorned picture in the brain that could facilitate comprehension.