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Mid-century cooking tends to conjure up images of gelatin "salads", casseroles and banana abuse, but have you heard the good news about cooking with soft drink? It turns out that soft drink -- particularly 7 Up -- actually has a wide range of culinary uses beyond the drinkable, and we're going to explore three of the most popular recipes.

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In the days before Google, a tiny, cryptic ad in the back of a magazine had a lot of potential. The seller might not be able to fully describe their product, but if the product wasn't very good, that may be a plus for them. Here are some bait-and-switch ads from the 1950s and beyond, and what you'd get if you sent in for them.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Diners were once the best places to eat. The food was decent and cheap, and the atmosphere was relaxed. And a big part of the fun was the colourful slang diner staff used to communicate with each other. Here's what all those weird terms mean, hun'.

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In the 1950s, holidaying while black in America was dangerous. The commonplace discrimination occurring during the Jim Crow era meant black travellers struggled to find a hotel room in which to stay, or a restaurant where they could grab a meal. Too often they were met with met with hostility, refused service or worse. So when a brother like me wanted to get out of town, that meant grabbing a Green Book -- a guidebook for black travellers offering tips on how to tour the country safely, as well as a directory of safe holiday destinations.

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Tiki drinks are a super fun way to get hammered, and are, coincidentally, the only type of drink that has caused me to set my pants on fire in public. (Thanks a lot, Smuggler's Cove.) They are also, generally speaking, harder to make at home than most other cocktails; but hey, it's Retro Week, and if you're to believe the retro people of the world, everybody was literally better at everything back then.

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Tag, the classic game of chase, is just as thrilling now as it has been throughout the years. If you have a group of people and an open space for running and screaming, here are some variations of the basic game. Try them out. You're It!

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Move over, Daddy-O! If you thought the insatiable drinking bird or the slinky were the be-all end-all of toys, have I got a surprise for you! You've probably seen the hula hoop in pictures. Hot dog, you might even own one yourself if you've got enough scratch. After all, here in the '50s, where Wham-O founders Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin are producing 50,000 hoops per day, there's no more popular pastime than hooping with the gang. If you aren't familiar with the tricks to master the skill that will show the jocks who really has the moves, we have you covered.

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So, you want to build a nuclear fallout shelter. You’re not alone: The civilian bomb shelter construction industry has been steadily growing to meet demand for the past decade, with recent events igniting a full-on market boom.

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Making a milkshake seems to have become an extreme sport. There are boozy shakes, lolly-encrusted shakes, and shakes that come with entire slices of cake. There is, however, one classic, iconic shake missing from this dairy-soaked fever dream: The chocolate malt.

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There's nothing that conjures up '50s style more than greased up, slicked back hair. If you want to look like you're ready to rumble -- or maybe kick off a musical number -- here's what you do fellas.

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My four-year-old daughter has a beautiful wooden dollhouse that she got for Christmas last year. She plays with the dolls and furniture inside, but what has been most fascinating are the home upgrades she's added using... trash. A junk-mail catalogue clipping has become the TV. Some old bottle caps are now a backyard obstacle course. A sponge is the jumping castle. A handful of shredded tissues is part of a car wash. She runs around, opening junk drawers (yes, we have plural) and exclaiming, "Oh! This can be the swimming pool! This can be a seesaw! This can be the elevator!"