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?


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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Dilbert

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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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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