Appreciating all that makes America special

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Americana means different things to different folks. Here at Great American Things, it means cool stuff that doesn’t fit into any other category. I guess we could have called it Miscellaneous, but “Great Miscellaneous Things” doesn’t tell you much, does it?


Weight Watchers

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

Hard to tell how many thousands of pounds people have lost using Weight Watchers over the years. I’ve used it, you’ve used it,...

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Tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Legend has it that it all started with a typo. Sears printed a number that kids could call to keep up with Santa, and it went to NORAD...

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“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

It’s a high point of one of the high points of the Christmas season (you know, “the holidays”). There are lots of good...

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

Some Christmas songs are “owned” by one particular performer. Bing Crosby owns “White Christmas,” for example. No...

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Mr. Potato Head

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Kids Stuff | 0 comments

It’s hard to believe today, but Mr. Potato Head was originally sold…without a head. Somehow, “Mr. Potato Parts”...

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Christmas Cookies

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

The lines are drawn, the preference often a family tradition, passed down from mother to daughter. There’s no middle ground. Either...

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Frosty the Snowman, TV Special

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In 1949, Gene Autry recorded a song called “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Big hit. The next year he wanted another fun...

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Wiffle Ball

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Kids Stuff | 0 comments

It’s the only game where Justin Verlander can try to strike out Babe Ruth, and Albert Pujols can take Sandy Koufax deep. Take a...

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The Incandescent Light Bulb

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

From the start of this blog, and for more than 840 posts, I’ve been adamant that Great American Things should not have political...

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Thanksgiving Day Football

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in Americana, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

In addition to the blessings for which we are grateful on Thanksgiving, here’s one more in 2011: Thank goodness the Detroit Lions are...

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