Each Sunday, the FWF team selects the most inspiring, enlightening, and fascinating stories from the previous week. Spend your day of rest reading some exceptional food journalism.

How America Got Turned On To The Date [via NPR]

Here’s a look at the epic journey of the date from Baghdad to America. Paul and Wilson Pompanoe—sons of a horticulturist—went on a treacherous journey to retrieve the date trees from Iraq and Baghdad, then transport them across the Persian Gulf. Along the way, Paul almost died of typhoid fever.—Liz Barclay

Wylie Dufresne Forced to Close wd-50 [via NYT]

Wylie Dufresne talks to Jeff Gordinier about closing WD-50. “It’s a real estate thing,” he says.—Erin Mosbaugh

Beer Pong: The Living History of America’s Game [via Thrillist]

If you’re tired of the multiculturalism of the World Cup, dig into this in-depth history of the frattiest game in the history of fratty behavior. There’s really only one way to describe this study: Epic, bruh!

Father’s Day, Table for One [via CHOW]

Why do we eat at restaurants? For John Birdsall’s father, the answer is both honest and revealing. “My dad taught me that the value of a meal, even a really expensive one, is partly intangible—it’s about spirit and intention, respect and dignity.”

The F.D.A. Almost Ruined American Cheese [via NYT]
Kim Severson writes about how an unfortunate F.D.A. rule “produced a stink that rivals Limburger.”—Erin Mosbaugh