The History of Times New Roman
I enjoyed this short recap of the origin of the Times New Roman typeface. Most people know it as a font included with every version of Microsoft Word, but it was actually created in 1931 for British newspaper The Times to increase legibility. Times New Roman was itself influenced by a typeface named Plantin, and its variants are still used by The Times newspaper today. Its ubiquity has fostered some interesting anecdotes--a 2008 study found that Times New Roman was much better suited for satire than Arial.