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Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: The Story Behind Super Mario RPG’s Valentina

2022-11-29T21:40:13+00:00November 28th, 2022|

This is not a Mario blog, even if this is the third Mario-related post in a row. There’s actually a much bigger one coming in the not-too-distant future, but I’m only offering up so much of this one franchise because I happen to know a lot about the Mario games — [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Washington D.C. on a Bit of a Budget

2022-11-22T19:55:23+00:00November 22nd, 2022|

Washington D.C. on a Bit of a Budget I have launched a restaurant review site called How to Eat L.A. If you like anything about that, please go check it out! -Katherine By Rebecca Grenham Washington, D.C. is not a cheap town. Rent is high, public transportation is pricey, and [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: The Art of Ukrainian Wedding Bread

2022-11-18T00:17:37+00:00November 18th, 2022|

The Art of Ukrainian Wedding Bread I have launched a restaurant review site called How to Eat L.A. If you like anything about that, please go check it out! -Katherine By Tasha Lowe-Newsome Wedding bread is common to Slavic countries, but it is an art form in Ukraine, where it is [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: A Parade of Princess Peach Prototypes

2022-11-15T03:48:34+00:00November 14th, 2022|

The prettiest pink princess in video games did not always look how she looks today, it turns out. She wasn’t even always pink. In doing research for the previous post on how the Goomba might have gotten its name from a language that’s not Italian, I found an early design for [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: What Is the Etymology of ‘Goomba’?

2022-11-15T03:41:52+00:00November 9th, 2022|

I’ve already written about the origin story of the Goomba, the lowliest enemy in the Super Mario games, and how and why there’s confusion about whether the Goomba is a mushroom or a chestnut. But this site exists to explore the origins of things and also to revisit the accepted stories [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: Lefse Lives on in the Upper Midwest

2022-11-04T00:29:58+00:00November 4th, 2022|

Lefse Lives on in the Upper Midwest By Sheila Julson Northern European food doesn't generate a buzz like some other cuisines, but lefse (LEFF-suh), a Norwegian flatbread commonly made with riced potatoes, is a hot seller in states with high percentages of Norwegian ancestral roots such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: The Extended Capcom Darkstalkers Universe

2022-11-04T17:42:16+00:00October 30th, 2022|

When I started this project earlier this year, people saw what I was doing and responded with something along the lines of “Oh, it’s a blog.” And every time I heard that word, I could tell that it struck me wrong. Not that there’s anything wrong with blogs or blogging; after [...]

Smart Mouth Newsletter: In Nigeria, Masa Means Rice Cake

2022-10-27T21:08:05+00:00October 27th, 2022|

In Nigeria, Masa Means Rice Cake By Winifred Òdúnóku The first time I tasted masa, I was a food-indifferent kid whose taste buds were still dormant. I am of Yorùbá descent (predominantly people of southwestern Nigeria) but spent the first thirteen years of my life in Plateau state where I [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Dogs, Popeye and the Super Mario Bros. Anime

2022-11-04T17:33:38+00:00October 9th, 2022|

If we’re having a discussion about dogs in the Mario series, then I guess it should begin with Poochy, the noseless dog who debuted in Yoshi’s Island and has since become a recurring canine buddy. But if not Poochy, then the next candidate would probably be the Chain Chomp, the recurring [...]

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