From the mundane to the quirky and oddly outdated, Here's the Thing explores the histories and legends of the objects in our homes.

picnic table illustration
You Can Thank the Victorians for the Picnic Table
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white cotton hammock illustration
The History of the Hammock Is One of Indigenous Innovation
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clawfoot tub illustration
How the Clawfoot Tub Gained Its Claw
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rocking chair illustration
The Rocking Chair Was Once Seen as a Bizarre Indulgence
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monogram pillow
The Power-Hungry History of the Monogram
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dumbwaiter illustration
The Dark and Upsetting History of Dumbwaiters
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french door illustration
Did You Know? French Doors Were NOT Invented by the French
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ottoman illustration
The Royal History of the Ottoman
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mirror illustration
The Forgotten History of the Mirror Is Filled With Drama and Violence
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adirondack chair
What's the Story Behind the Adirondack Chair?
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alarm clock illo
The Evolution of the Modern Alarm Clock Started With Plato
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sectional sofa illustration
From Sitting to Lounging: The Rise of the Sectional Sofa
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subway tile illustration
Subway Tile's Fascinating Evolution From Below to Above Ground
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canopy bed illustration
The Unexpected Original Use of the Canopy Bed
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chaise longue illustration
The Chaise Longue's History Includes Corsets, Old Hollywood, and Therapy
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dutch oven
So, Why Is It Called a Dutch Oven?
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conversation pit
What's a Conversation Pit and Why Have They (Almost) Disappeared?
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hope chest
The Weird Role the Hope Chest Played in Marriages
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bidet
The Upsetting Reason Why Bidets Are So Rare in the U.S.
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widow's walk
The Unexpected Origins of the 'Widow's Walk'
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shower illustration
When Did We Start Showering Standing Up?
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air conditioning
Cool Inventions: The History of Air Conditioning as We Know It
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rumpus room
Why Is It Called a "Rumpus Room"?
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loveseat illustration
The Loveseat Was Originally Built for One
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lazy susan
The Lazy Susan: Who Was Susan, and Why Was She So Lazy?
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grandfather clock illustration
Why Is It Called a Grandfather Clock, Anyway?
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macrame illustration
The History of Macrame Is in Fact Fascinating
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california king illustration
Why Is It Called a "California King" Anyway?
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bar cart illustration
The History of Bar Carts
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vanity
Your Vanity Table Has Quite the Back Story
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Murphy Bed
The Murphy Bed Was Invented by a Man Who Just Wanted a Date
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The John
"The John": Why Do We Call Toilets by a Man's Name?
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