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?

Americana: Corvette

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Corvette

Back in 1953, about half of all vehicles sold in America were made by General Motors. GM had just about everything for the American driver...

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Americana: Craftsman Tools

Posted by on Sep 2, 2009 in Americana | 1 comment

Name all the things you can think of that come with a lifetime warranty. I’m sure there must be some, but only one comes instantly to...

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Kid Stuff: Sesame Street

Posted by on Sep 1, 2009 in Kids Stuff, TV Show | 3 comments

Educational! Enlightening! Entertaining! Today’s Great American Things post is brought to you by the letter E. You probably...

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Kid Stuff: Mad Magazine

Posted by on Aug 28, 2009 in Americana | Comments Off on Kid Stuff: Mad Magazine

It’s been written that “At the height of its influence, Mad was The Simpsons, The Daily Show and The Onion combined.” Of...

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Americana: Mall of America

Posted by on Aug 24, 2009 in Americana, Travel | Comments Off on Americana: Mall of America

It’s a basic element of American culture. We like our stuff supersized. First there was the strip shopping center. Then the mall....

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Americana: Lighthouses

Posted by on Aug 23, 2009 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Lighthouses

America has some beautiful lighthouses. So, for the first time, a Great American Things post is going to be mostly photos.

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Americana: John Deere

Posted by on Aug 19, 2009 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: John Deere

The name John Deere is synonymous with farming in the great American farm belt, stretching from the mid-South through the Midwest and into...

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Americana: Westminster Dog Show

Posted by on Aug 6, 2009 in Americana | 1 comment

It arrives on a Monday and Tuesday in February, when there’s not much on television except wretched American Idol auditions. So, in...

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Americana: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Americana | 4 comments

Jude was one of the disciples of Jesus, and has been adopted by the Roman Catholic Church as the patron saint of desperate cases....

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Americana: Route 66

Posted by on Jul 28, 2009 in Americana, Travel | 1 comment

The song says “It winds from Chicago to L.A. More than 2,000 miles all the way.” For a generation of drivers, Route 66 was the...

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