Who killed the classic American diner?

Unlike today’s retro-themed, Elvis-playing juke joints that rely on novelty and nostalgia, fifty years ago, the old-fashioned American diner was still the culinary standard for motorists looking for a convenient place to belly up to a pie-stocked counter and slurp down a milkshake. Across the country, these small mom-and-pop-owned venues — once called “coffee shops” but resembling nothing like today’s havens for laptop-lugging hipsters — … Continue reading Who killed the classic American diner?

Operation Footloose: The Cold War dance-off for Inuit loyalty

When the CIA and KGB began their decades-long espionage war in the latter half of the 1940s, the Bearing Strait between Alaska and Siberia became a key strategic battleground. Realizing Anchorage was closer in distance to Berlin than it was to Seattle, intelligence analysts predicted that the far north could become the main front in a future ground war between the United States and the … Continue reading Operation Footloose: The Cold War dance-off for Inuit loyalty

Grab fitness by the horns: Workout like ancient Olympian Milo of Croton

Milo of Croton, the most accomplished Olympic wrestler in antiquity, was renowned for his Herculean feats of strength, which included snapping a band tied around his temple just by furrowing his brow as well as single-handedly carrying his own bronze statue to its final resting place. Of course, ancient athletes like Milo in the 6th century B.C. did not have access to cable-weight machines, elastic … Continue reading Grab fitness by the horns: Workout like ancient Olympian Milo of Croton