When Arugula Became a Thing

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When Arugula Became a Thing

Ant farms as toys in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Stirrup pants in the late 1980s. That marble-mouthed way of singing inspired by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam in the 1990s. Styles of entertainment, clothing, and music can be hot for a minute and stale the next. But some popular things have staying power. The Beatles came to America in 1964, and bands of all stripes are still citing their influence 50 years later. A pill initially approved for “severe menstrual disorders” in 1957 ended up getting approved as …

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