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The Commercialization of Travel

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 10.09.2015 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

M&Ms World, American Doll Place and more - are kids losing touch with the imagination of travel?

15 Things We Did Differently Before Smartphones

Samantha Matt | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Samantha Matt

I used to think it would be landline phones and VHS tapes that would be the retro part of my childhood. But it is going to be so much more than that.

14 Classic Horror Movies That Still Send Chills Down Our Spines

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty

Yes, we know horror flicks nowadays have lots of advanced special effects but some of the old-school classics are still just as scary. We as...

13 Halloween Traditions We Refuse To Give Up

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty

Fall is upon us and that means your grocery store aisles are fully stocked with Halloween candy, costumes and decorations.  via GIPHY &n...

What I've Learned About Friendship Monogamy

Laura Hankin | Posted 09.24.2015 | Women
Laura Hankin

The most monogamous relationship I've ever had was with my childhood best friend.

22 Things Every Former Emo Kid Knows To Be True

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 09.21.2015 | Comedy

Man, how embarrassing was your childhood.  1. Remember when angsty lyrics spoke to your soul?  2. It was tough trying to conv...

Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Reimagined As Senior Citizens

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.18.2015 | Fifty

It's not easy being a cartoon. All that running around, getting chased by villains and slipping on banana peels can really take a toll. Especially if ...

12 Vintage Childhood Foods That We Can't Believe Still Exist

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.17.2015 | Fifty

Remember your youthful metabolism? Those were the days -- when you could eat cookies for breakfast, ice cream for lunch and all the mac'n'cheese you w...

Remember Getting Mail As a Kid? I Do...

Uncle Louie | Posted 09.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Uncle Louie

Another trip back in time, circa nineteen, um, let's just call it nineteen eighty something... I was an eight year old little boy and one of my great...

10 Ways We Grew Up Tougher Than Our Kids

Michelle Combs | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Michelle Combs

When we were kids, life felt more like an ongoing experiment. After all, who decided 'Lawn Jarts' were a good idea? No one raised their hand in a development meeting and said 'Hey, did we think about the safety issue that inherently goes along with children launching spears at each other?'

Nihilisa Frank Is Here To Make You Shed Heart-Shaped Tears Into A Rainbow Abyss

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts

Remember Lisa Frank -- the legendary '90s illustrator who brought us tuxedoed teddy bears tucked into rainbow ice cream sundaes, best friend dolphins ...

This Is Every VHS Family Home Movie That’s Ever Existed

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.03.2015 | Comedy

It has everything: poor tracking, big clunky glasses, turtlenecks under sweatshirts and dads in backyard lawn chairs trying to be funny on camera. For...

Yes--I Hoard Travel Souvenirs and Mementos

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Barry Yourgrau

(Credit: caesart, LiliGraphie via Shutterstock/Salon) ...

"Get Off My Lawn!"

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Most of the people who had moved from New York City to Long Island were serious about their lawns. In the city, the concrete in front of your apartment had been public domain. That could be unfortunate, especially when drunks peed on it or young love went bad late at night, and you could be awakened suddenly by screaming and reproach under your window.

My Comedy Writer Origin Story

Bryan Behar | Posted 08.24.2015 | Parents
Bryan Behar

Were my parents some cutting-edge, super-progressive, Bella Abzug-style culture warriors, using my lunch as a test case to wage war against age-old gender strictures or to protest limited racial diversity on the airwaves? The short answer is "no." That's also the long answer.

Newstalgia and Why There's No Such Thing as the Throwback

Laura Tarbox | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Laura Tarbox

As the old saying about creativity goes, you can't break the rules until you know them. The same goes for culture. For a brand to employ culture effectively it needs to understand what 'codes' are out there, and which are most culturally salient in order to smash, break and combine them into something that is truly vibrant, new and culturally on point.

Why Uncles Are The Absolute Best

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I was accorded several real uncles, who appeared automatically in my life the day I was born. But like most of the kids in my Long Island neighborhood in the 1950s, I was also entitled to other "uncles," not related to our family but connected in a way that was just as real.

A Love Letter to My 1980s Mall

Lori Ferraro | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It pains me to say it out loud, but I think malls are dying -- and not the quick and easy way, or in their sleep. But slow, painful, gasping for their last breath kind of deaths.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: A 50-Year Reunion

Lee Bycel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Lee Bycel

The moment frozen in time: caps, filled with hopes and dreams, thrown high in the sky. The class of 1966 set off into the world, eager, excited and with little idea of the life ahead. Now, almost 50 years later, we reassemble along with the class of '65.

The Secret Ingredient In Irish Spaghetti Sauce

Kristy L. Moore | Posted 08.10.2015 | Women
Kristy L. Moore

Here I am, standing in my kitchen over a pot of my grandmother's "gravy." Having made it only a few times, I am not yet fully confident in my abilities that I could make it as well as she did. I am fully confident, however, that I have finally discovered its secret ingredient.

The Simplest Way To Know If A Friend Is Worth Keeping

Diana M. Raab | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I've read that one of the biggest regrets of those facing death is not having kept in touch with old friends. Let's face it, the older we get, the faster time seems to go, so there's no time like the present to connect with old pals. Social media sites such as Facebook have made this easier and certainly more feasible.

Life Lessons From a Playground

Erin Hinkle | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Erin Hinkle

As I was driving away from a friend's house recently, I saw in the distance a familiar looking playground and the school at which I attended Kindergarten through third grade. Something in me told me to stop and take a look around.

A Brief History Of That Time Disneyland Employed Live Mermaids

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.25.2015 | Entertainment

After photos of Disneyland's performing mermaids surfaced on the Internet a few years ago, one former sea nymph recalled a peculiar question...

Black Twitter Nailed What It Was Like #GrowingUpBlack

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Remember when street lights were a cue for curfew? Or when sliced bread was an easy resort for hotdog buns? Maybe even when electronic fans were used ...

8 Things That Used To Be Loads Easier Just 50 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty

We can't deny that technology has made life easier in a number of ways. We're able to do everything a little faster, from anywhere, at any time. But s...