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.
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.
Happy weekend, my friends, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. Today we're rounding out Retro Week with a decidedly kitschy offering: The sweet and green grasshopper.
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.
The hokey style of 1950s educational films makes them richly mockable today. But the real kicker is that they were preemptively mocked decades before they even peaked.
"I CAN GIVE YOU MASSIVE ARMS, BROAD SHOULDERS, AND A GIANT SIZED CHEST IN JUST FOUR WEEKS," the Body-Tone pamphlet promises. It is the "World's Fastest Strength and Muscle Building System". It cost $20 in the late 1950s, but today the program is available for free in the Stark Center Archives. I am ready to begin.
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.
Hello, and welcome to Will It Casserole? Retro Week's answer to Will It Sous Vide? Basically, instead of making things with my immersion circulator, I took a meal and made it into a casserole.
Video: Feeling flabby as you sit at your desk? That's the exact problem this set of exercises was designed to prevent. We've mentioned it before -- the 5BX workout developed for the Royal Canadian Air Force. But today we are happy to bring you these famous exercises in the form of a video (er, film reel).
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!"