Ice cream was essential to the American war effort during World Wars I and II. It was classified as an “essential foodstuff” in World War I by future US President Herbert Hoover. Hospitals had ice cream as a staple food as it boosted morale and health. It was also incredibly important because it provided comfort to warring soldiers. Thinking of ice cream and other childhood foodstuffs was said to keep prisoners of war sane as it reminded them of unconditional love and responsibility-free life. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here