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?

Kid Stuff: Dr. Seuss

Posted by on Apr 21, 2009 in Kids Stuff, The Arts | 1 comment

Interesting fact 1: The father and grandfather of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) were both brewmasters. You don’t think those fanciful...

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Americana: Girl Scout Cookies

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in Americana, Food, Kids Stuff | Comments Off on Americana: Girl Scout Cookies

They’re inescapable. Your niece sells them. They’re outside the local Kroger. Your coworker is selling them for her kid. So you...

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Americana: The Smithsonian

Posted by on Apr 15, 2009 in Americana, Travel | Comments Off on Americana: The Smithsonian

If you like BIG museums, you’ll love the Smithsonian Institution. It’s composed of 19 museums and nine research centers. Oh,...

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Music: Grand Ole Opry

Posted by on Apr 13, 2009 in Americana, Music | 2 comments

You don’t have to like country music to appreciate the legacy of the Grand Ole Opry. Growing from a live radio broadcast (The WSM...

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Kid Stuff: Peanuts

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 in Kids Stuff | 2 comments

Charlie Brown will never get to kick that football. Lucy will always give out psychiatric help for five cents. Marcie will always call...

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Americana: Movie Popcorn

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Americana, Food | 1 comment

A lot of people can’t go to a movie in a theater without gettting popcorn. It’s as much a part of the experience as air...

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Kid Stuff: Barbie

Posted by on Apr 10, 2009 in Americana, Kids Stuff | 2 comments

She looks pretty good for 50, don’t you think? It’s rather amazing to see the impact a simple doll has had on American girls....

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Americana: Jeep

Posted by on Apr 4, 2009 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: Jeep

It’s an ugly thing. Even now, with all the innovations brought to the world of SUVs, Jeep is still the ugly stepsister. But they say...

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Kid Stuff: Baseball Cards

Posted by on Apr 3, 2009 in Americana, Kids Stuff | 2 comments

Don’t pay any attention to all those bandwagon jumpers who decided in the mid-80s that baseball cards were the investment of the...

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Americana: Jeans

Posted by on Apr 1, 2009 in Americana | 1 comment

They’ve come a long way from being “dungarees.” Years ago they were stiff, slow to break in, cool but not...

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