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?


Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

Whoa, where did this selection come from? America certainly isn’t the only country in the world that has embraced the medical and...

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The Newberry Medal for Children’s Literature

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Featured, Kids Stuff | 0 comments

The worst thing about children’s books is that everyone thinks they can write them. Most people have the self-awareness to realize...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 in Americana, Featured | 0 comments

Everyone who has worked in an office knows how accurate Dilbert is. The self-serving, dim-witted boss. The lazy but resourceful coworker....

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Maxine, by Hallmark

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Americana, Featured | 1 comment

“As far as I’m concerned,” Maxine says, “the perfect bra is a sweatshirt.” That’s the down-to-earth...

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The Howdy Doody Show

Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Kids Stuff | 0 comments

“Hey kids, what time is it?” Everyone who was a kid during the 1950s knows the answer to that question: “It’s Howdy...

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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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