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Tedium Shorties

They're too short for 3,000-word stories, but too interesting to not write about at all. Meet Tedium’s shorties—the latest quick hits of news and weirdness from Tedium.

Mystery Machine: The strange connection between Bobby Kennedy's death and the rise of Scooby-Doo, who represented a new kind of cartoon hero in his day. Read More


The Human Xerox: Why being copycats, something we do in settings big and small, might be key to being human. Read More


Hydrogenated Marketing: How Crisco, which avoided naming its primary ingredient in ads, toppled lard more than a century ago—and made Americans believers in industrial food. Read More


Grab Your Rolls: There's plenty of toilet paper in the U.S. So why are people hoarding it? And what makes toilet paper the hoarding object of choice? Read More


Lateral Move: Five ways life would be better if it were always daylight saving time, rather than the clock changing up on us twice a year. Read More


Now You See It …: A brief history of invisibility on screen, one of the most effective special effects ever created in film. Read More


Thanks, Craig: Hitting its 25th anniversary this month, Craigslist remains a reminder that a more democratic version of the internet can still thrive. Read More


Reading Materials

Wanna check out some of the books we’ve written about in Tedium over the years? Check our list—we’re keeping a running tally, and any purchases support both Tedium and independent booksellers. (Win-win!)


Not All Heroes Wear Capes: America’s postwar fling with romance comics—and the massive collection of those comics that was recently donated to the University of South Carolina. Read More


Cosmic Mistake: Why your zodiac sign—that thing that supposedly defines your personality—is probably wrong. Sorry, Gemini. Read More


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