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    • Why Men Get More Lint in Their Belly Buttons Than Women

    • By: Ernie Smith
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Also: a very brief history of navel-gazing.

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    • A Brief History of the Cheese Curl, Junk Food’s Happiest Accident

    • By: Ernie Smith
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    It's more or less repurposed horse feed. A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.

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    • The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping

    • By: Ernie Smith
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    No matter who you are, you have to go through this process where small pieces of your keratin fly everywhere because you’re shoving them in a nail clipper. But the modern nail clipper is a fairly recent phenomenon, roughly as old as the Swiss Army Knife.

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    • The Improbable Endurance of the Lickable Envelope

    • By: Ernie Smith
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Why are we still doing this?

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    • The Long and Bumpy History of Corduroy

    • By: Ernie Smith
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    It may be most closely associated with the ’70s, but the ribbed fabric’s pedigree goes back many centuries.

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    • The Consequences of Amtrak Not Owning Its Own Tracks

    • By: Ernie Smith
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    • Length: 6 mins
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    The Amtrak system has a problem, a uniquely American problem. And it’s one that was there from the start—the kind of thing that makes folks like one-time passenger rail advocate Anthony Haswell say things along the lines of this 1992 quote: “Twenty-five years after I set out to save the American passenger train, I feel personally embarrassed over what I helped to create.”

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