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Get Out Of The Way: A History Of How Ambulance Lights Save Lives

Get Out Of The Way: A History Of How Ambulance Lights Save Lives

For as ear-piercing as ambulance sirens are, you’d think they’d be better alert systems. Truth is: they’re shockingly ineffective. Drivers register the sound only at close proximity and at very low speeds. Guessing from which direction the ambulance will appear is always tricky too — especially when the new Daft…

Why Toilets Are Still Made Of Porcelain

Why Toilets Are Still Made Of Porcelain

We’ve been sitting on the same kind of crapper for centuries. Sure, the plumbing has gotten more tucked away and seats are now fashioned out of all sorts of materials and styles (including plush vinyl embroidered with cats), but as far as the toilets themselves go, hundreds of years after…

How Tupperware Almost Didn’t Make It Into Your Kitchen

How Tupperware Almost Didn’t Make It Into Your Kitchen

Tupperware is a bit like Kleenex: no matter the brand, if it’s a plastic container designed for leftovers, you probably call it by a single brand name. That’s because when it comes to designated plastic vessels that can be sealed and then opened and then resealed again, Tupperware was the…