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11 Things You Might Not Know About Samuel Upham

1. In late February of 1862, a year into the Civil War, a Philadelphia stationer named Samuel Curtis Upham observed a run on the sale of copies […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Drexel University

In case you somehow missed the cake and balloons, Drexel University turned 125 this year. To celebrate, two Drexel profs, Richardson Dilworth (grandson of the […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About College Mascots

The Temple football team opens its season tonight with a game against Army at the Linc. (Tickets here!) Temple’s team is known as the Owls for […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Philadelphia Folk Festival

Starting today, thousands of music lovers will gather at Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville for the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. This year’s headliners include Peter Yarrow (of […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About the Saturday Evening Post

Today is the 195th anniversary of the premiere issue of the Saturday Evening Post, once the most popular weekly magazine in the world. It was […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Owney, the Post Office Dog

Earlier this month, we wrote about how John Wanamaker became Postmaster General of the United States during his long, strange life. In researching that piece, we […]

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13 Things You Might Not Know About John Wanamaker

Today marks the 178th anniversary of the birth of John Wanamaker, inventor of the department store, holy roller, U.S. Postal Service innovator and so much […]

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48 Years Ago, the Sixers Traded Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers

Forty-eight years ago tomorrow, the Philadelphia 76ers traded their then-32-year-old center, seven-foot-one-inch Wilt Chamberlain, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The pride of Overbrook High, who’d […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Betsy Ross

Today is Flag Day, commemorating the date in 1777 on which the Continental Congress passed a resolution that read: “Resolved. That the flag of the […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About the 1876 Centennial Exhibition

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the opening of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, which brought nearly 10 million visitors — almost a fifth of the […]

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Seven Theories You Might Not Know About Where the Word “Hoagie” Comes From

We were really hoping we’d be able to trace a Native American origin for the word “hoagie” in celebration of National Hoagie Day today, but we […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About John James Audubon

John James Audubon, the world’s most celebrated avian artist, made his first American home — and met his long-suffering wife — in what’s now called […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About Pencils

Happy 158th birthday to the pencil with attached eraser! It was on March 30, 1858, that Hymen L. Lipman received a patent for his remarkable […]

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11 Things You Might Not Know About St. Patrick

“Since when,” my enraged friend demanded, “did St. Patrick‘s Day become a two-week holiday?” She was irate that her exit off of I-676, not to […]

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12 Things You Might Not Know About Stephen Girard

Today is the 225th anniversary of the First Bank of the United States, which was founded by Congress in 1791 to stabilize the government and […]