What if people told European history like they told Native American history?

An Indigenous History of North America

The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.

Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because…

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So Your Mother Accidentally Stole Someone’s Car — Now What?

Hilariously awesome

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(Instagram @jodyrosen) (Instagram @jodyrosen) Because the Consumerist team is strong in the ways of the Force, I know you’re probably thinking something like, “How can someone accidentally steal a car?” Maybe if that person thinks they’re actually just moving the car they were told to move, because hey, these keys work so it must be the right one. Except that it wasn’t.

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Keep Your Herbs Moist, Your Spices Away From The Stove, And Other Food Storage Tips

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(Allan) (Allan) You may not use things like cumin, honey, or sage in every meal, but these are the kinds of ingredients that many home cooks keep on hand so they can use them whenever they’re called for. But how do you keep that paprika from turning into colorful sawdust? And what’s the best way to store that fresh parsley so it won’t be dried up and useless a few days after you buy it?

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FXX Planning To Air Marathon Of All 552 Episodes Of ‘The Simpsons’ This Summer

Holy shit — I’ll only watch the first three or four days, but awesome!

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Touch the remote and die. (Carbon Arc) Touch the remote and die. (Carbon Arc) Get that vacation time on the books, vacuum out the couch cushions and lay in a stock of 11 or so days’ worth of snacks: FXX says it’s planning a marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons — and it’s airing them consecutively this summer.

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Don’t Put Your Bread In The Fridge & Other Important Food Storage Tips

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(photo: liz west) (photo: liz west) We’ve all got a somewhat innate sense of where to store the foods we eat in our modern cultures — you’re not going to stick your ice cream in the pantry and expect it to stay frozen, or freeze your fresh apples. But what about butter — countertop or refrigerator? Should I really use that “eggs” slot on the inside of my fridge door? Answer us, oh kitchen gods!

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Keep Your Onions & Potatoes Separated And Other Tips For Storing Fruits & Vegetables

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(Jonathan Coffey) (Jonathan Coffey)

We’ve all got kitchens and we all eat food, but not everyone can agree on where and how to store that food so it doesn’t immediately turn into a moldy mess or dry out into a worthless husk. Last week, we looked at the the best places and methods for keeping your bread, dairy and eggs fresh, and in this second Spoilage Wars installment, we’ll deal with the fruits and vegetables you endeavor to keep from rotting away.

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