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Zounds! What the fork are minced oaths? And why are we...

Kirk Hazen, West Virginia University What in tarnation is “tarnation?” Why do people in old books exclaim “zounds!” in moments of surprise? And what could...

Why are sitcom dads still so inept?

Erica Scharrer, University of Massachusetts Amherst From Homer Simpson to Phil Dunphy, sitcom dads have long been known for being bumbling and inept. But it wasn’t...

Bob Dylan brings links between JFK assassination and coronavirus into stark...

Aniko Bodroghkozy, University of Virginia Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus has turned the country’s cultural spigot off, with sports suspended, museums closed and...

The battle between NBC and CBS to be the first to...

Mike Conway, Indiana University When the Berlin Wall was completed in August 1961, East German residents immediately tried to figure out ways to circumvent the...

4 reasons why we’ll never see another show like ‘Friends’

Martie Cook, Emerson College and Manuel Basanese, Emerson College On Sept. 22, 1994, six telegenic 20-somethings frolicked in a fountain in front of credits that...

Is it even possible to connect ’13 Reasons Why’ to teen...

Emily Lund, University of Alabama and Michael R. Nadorff, Mississippi State University Netflix recently released the third season of “13 Reasons Why,” and the Salt...

The strange connection between Bobby Kennedy’s death and Scooby-Doo

Kevin Sandler, Arizona State University Scooby-Doo, one of the most enduring animated characters ever to emerge from U.S. television, celebrates his 50th birthday this month. Created...

You’d be better off lighting your money on fire than giving...

Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis Alright, you want to make this country a better place for yourself, your children and the many generations...

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Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?

James Kuzner, Brown University For a lecture course I teach at Brown University called “Love Stories,” we begin at the beginning, with love at first...