Hungry History

Author: Christopher Klein

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McDonald’s Surprising Start, 75 Years Ago

On the 75th anniversary of the opening of the first McDonald’s, look back at the fast-food hamburger chain’s surprising origins as a barbecue joint.

New Coke and Coca-Cola Classic on display. (Credit: AP Photo/Charles Kelly)

The New Coke Flop, 30 Years Ago

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The time-tested adage appears to be the lesson from Coca-Cola’s disastrous introduction of “New Coke” 30 years ago.

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The Sudsy History of Samuel Adams

Before patriot firebrand Samuel Adams successfully brewed revolution with the Sons of Liberty, he failed in the beer business.

Candy wrapper for Babe Ruth's Home Run (Credit: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Babe Ruth v. Baby Ruth

Was the Baby Ruth candy bar named for slugger Babe Ruth or a presidential daughter? A patent court decided the case in 1931.

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The Sweet History of Chocolate

For nearly 4,000 years, few foods have inspired such love and lust as that indulgent Valentine’s Day staple—chocolate.