Because The Ad Men Said So – FP 75

We buy things because of advertising. That’s the way it works. Of course, there hasn’t always been advertising as we know it. Since there has been, though, it’s had a huge impact on the way we do things. Things we take for granted as part of life, like engagement rings, toilet paper, deodorant, and even Santa Claus have–at least partially–advertising to thank for even being a thing.

Spring Break

The Evolution Of Spring Break

There hasn’t always been a spring break, per se, but springtime has always been a time of celebration. More than 2000 years ago, Greeks and Romans used this time of year to celebrate the gods Dionysus and Bacchus. A few days of love and excess were just what the gods ordered. Fast-forward to 1936 or so and we find a college swim coach taking his students to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to practice in an Olympic size pool. What came next was the stuff of history.

The History St. Patrick’s Day – FP 71

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day; time to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink beer. At least, that’s how St. Paddy’s Day is celebrated nowadays. We realized, however, that we had no idea WHY we celebrate this patron saint of Ireland. Did you know Patrick was a slave, or that green wasn’t originally the color associated with the holiday? In this episode of Flash Past, we talk about these things and a lot more.