Parisians are horrified by novel public urinals.
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Lewis H. Lapham talks with Steven Ujifusa, author of Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship. More
The gaseous relief offered by carbonated water when drunk after heavy kosher meals made seltzer popular among early twentieth-century Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, who accordingly gave it the nickname belchwasser.
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain, / And drinks, and gapes for drink again.—Abraham Cowley, 1656
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