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Health and Fitness
Wilson Footballs.

Wilson Footballs.

It’s nearly Superbowl Sunday, and it’s downright chilly in much of the country. When I grew up in Washington, winter was a time when the soil was damp, with the smell of rotting leaves, and often with the perma-damp texture of mud that freezes at night and thaws during the day. Really, a great surface...
Dr. Bronner Soaps.

Dr. Bronner Soaps.

It was the early 90s and love was in the air. I found myself near Vantage on the sandy banks of the Columbia River. I was camping with a circle of hippies, making our way to a show at the Gorge. It was a balmy evening, and several of us decided to bathe in the...
Barbasol.

Barbasol.

It must be great to be a chemist at MIT or CalTech. So many of these companies seem to originate with loveable eccentrics having a problem and using their powers of science to solve it. These are the kind of stories we love, so much so that they have become a bit of an archetype...
Wiffle Ball.

Wiffle Ball.

It’s almost summer. And with summer comes sunshine, cookouts, beach parties, and the heart of the baseball season. What’s more American than baseball?  And what’s more American than taking baseball and scaling it down so that it can be played with friends and family in a backyard? Don’t let your lack of athleticism prevent you...

Yeti Cycles (575 Enduro).

A few years back, my heart was broken when my beloved bicycle was stolen out of our back yard. For those of you who have experienced this, you know the feeling. I called the police. I found myself searching Craigslist for my bike, certain that someone was already trying to fence it. I looked suspiciously...

Burt’s Bees.

Burt’s Bees can trace its humble origins to Maine in the early 80s. Artist Roxanne Quimby was struggling to make ends meet with dead-end waitress jobs and amateur garage saling.  But the 80s were not this good to everyone.  Roxanne found her friend Burt in a parking lot selling honey off the tailgate of his...

Nalgene Water Bottles.

I’m told that I don’t drink enough water.  It’s probably true.  Americans, however, buy a lot of bottled water. I did a little research and I don’t want to start citing figures (because there’s a fairly wide range), but we are talking tens of billions of bottles per year. The point is, if I am...