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Have you ever wondered who was the first person to wear contact lenses? Did you know that the first successful vegetarian restaurant in L.A. was run by a cult? Do you think it's kind of lonely that a certain crunchy vegetable is grown on a single farm in California?

Every Wednesday morning, I publish the strange histories behind some of my most obscure Internet searches, plus a rotating cast of weekly features that will bring you the best of what I'm reading, hearing, and watching. 

Like all my favorite podcasts, this project is powered by Tiny Letter. Original illustrations by Anna Doherty.