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This New Year's, Raise a Toast to the Strong-Willed Widow Who Reinvented Champagne Veuve Clicquot made bubbly what it is today

Tragic deaths generally aren't good for business, with the notable exception of Veuve Clicquot. It was 1805, and Francois Clicquot, the owner of a failing vineyard in Reims, France, was…

December 15, 2014, 6:26 PM EST

Chances Are, the Clothes You're Wearing Right Now Have Been Washed in Tide How the detergent has reigned for 68 years

Assuming you're not naked as you read this, there's a 40 percent chance that whatever you're wearing has been washed in the last week, and a 38 percent chance that…

December 1, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

What Do So Many Celebrities See in Ray-Ban's Wayfarer Sunglasses? From James Dean to James Franco

Style and color are very important when it comes to sunglasses, but as any fashionista—or just anyone who lives in L.A.—will tell you, no frames get hot until celebrities put…

November 17, 2014, 12:02 AM EST

The Story of Rubik's Cube, the World’s Most Popular Toy A perennial puzzle turns 40

The event, in case you missed it, was called the Zonhoven Open. It took place in Belgium last March, and it witnessed 18-year-old Mats Valk do something remarkable. The lanky…

November 10, 2014, 12:03 AM EST

The Old Flame That Indiana Jones and Don Draper Have in Common Zippo's windproof still knows how to light America's fire

Photo: Nick Ferrari Indiana Jones considered his a lucky charm. Ricky Ricardo pulled his out at the club. And Don Draper’s is key to the guy he really is. What is…

October 20, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Why America Still Gets Fired Up Over Fiestaware The colorful plate that shattered tradition

On a January day in 1936, The Homer Laughlin Co. set up its booth at a trade show in Pittsburgh, poised to introduce a new line of dinnerware. Laughlin had…

October 12, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

How a Topless Mermaid Made the Starbucks Cup an Icon She’s a little more modest today than in the ‘70s

Every day, millions of people walk into any of 20,519 Starbucks in 65 countries, and most walk back out with the same thing: a white cardboard coffee cup. Do you…

September 29, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

How Tiffany’s Iconic Box Became the World’s Most Popular Package This robin’s egg blue is trademarked

For the sake of you intellectual-property aficionados out there, the color is No. 1837 on the Pantone Matching System chart. It is not commercially available; since a 1998 filing with…

September 22, 2014, 7:28 AM EDT

How Campbell’s Tomato Soup Became a Legend in a Can Warhol painted it, and 2 billion of us still eat it

Next time you open a can of Campbell’s—and, each year, over 2 billion of us do—say “Bon appétit” (yes, instead of “Mmm mmm good,” which is trademarked). After all, it…

September 15, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

For Four Decades, Brands Have Loved Astronaut Jim Lovell Some celebrities sell shoes and perfume. This one can sell anything

According to recent studies, someone who looks at a piece of advertising these days stands nearly a one-in-five chance of seeing a celebrity. Music, sports and film star brand endorsements…

September 10, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

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