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Unlike other trappings of the aristocracy, the monocle has mostly been a joke since its invention. An Object Lesson.
The popular way to keep warm outdoors owes a debt to World War II–era clothing science. An Object Lesson.
A schoolteacher created the popular board game, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, for quarantined children. An Object Lesson.
In 1960, a Rubbermaid executive invented a device to tame noise in the home. Its impact has been anything but quiet. An Object Lesson.
So why do they still exist? An Object Lesson.
Americans’ dairy consumption is about to get a lot more cultured. An Object Lesson.
Wearables help cast the medical test as a talisman of health-care competence. An Object Lesson.
Strategists considered sacrificing older pilots to patrol the skies in flying reactors. An Object Lesson.
And how it should be used instead. An Object Lesson.
Even when it goes wrong, body art in another tongue can be a good thing. An Object Lesson.
I learned English—and Western culture—watching American movies in smoky minibuses. An Object Lesson.
The selburose design wasn’t invented in Norway, but it became a symbol of the country. An Object Lesson.
Law and medicine still rely on the device. Maybe they shouldn’t. An Object Lesson.
Companies and apps constantly ask for ratings, but all that data may just be noise in the system. An Object Lesson.
Before they were relegated to the domain of children, books with movable mechanisms explained anatomy, astronomy, and more to adults. An Object Lesson.
Private-labeled teas helped fund success during the suffragist movement. Today’s activists might learn from their model. An Object Lesson.
Anxieties about the effects of screens on human health are hardly new, but the way the public addresses the problems has changed. An Object Lesson.
Childhood is short-lived. It’s okay if kids’ drawings are, too. An Object Lesson.
The origins of an 18th-century timepiece are part of an American institution even older than its financial system: embellishing facts. An Object Lesson.
Writing boxes, popular from the 17th century, provided the same pleasure as today’s laptops and custom word processors: to make the experience of writing pleasurable, whether any actual writing gets done. An Object Lesson.
Since the 1960s, the reference book has cataloged how people actually use language, not how they should. That might be changing. An Object Lesson.