How TJ Maxx is Thriving in the Retail Apocalypse

How TJ Maxx is Thriving in the Retail Apocalypse

With the rise of online shopping, retailers have been closing brick & mortar stores at such a high rate that the trend has its own name: the retail apocalypse. While Sears filed for bankruptcy and Macy’s, JC Penney, J Crew, and the Gap are scrambl...
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Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster

Millions deal with knee problems every year. From elite athletes tearing their ACLs to senior citizens with chronic knee pain, there is clearly something error prone about the design of the human knee. It all comes down to a potent mix of evolutio...
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Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Who Gets What and Why

Coronavirus Stimulus Package: Who Gets What and Why

On Friday, March 27th, the House of Representatives approved a record-breaking economic stimulus package. The $2.2 trillion stimulus package is designed to help stabilize the economy and deliver emergency relief for millions of workers, companies ...
The Surprising Problems With The City Grid

The Surprising Problems With The City Grid

The rectangular grid is an ancient city plan and has been used by civilizations for thousands of years. It underpins many of our cities to this day, and has been hailed for its efficiency. But there is a surprising dark side to the city grid. So, ...
Why New York Dumps Old Trucks (And More) Into the Ocean

Why New York Dumps Old Trucks (And More) Into the Ocean

In 2008, photographer Stephen Mallon documented the dumping of 44 decommissioned subway cars into the Atlantic Ocean. Today, 2,400 cars line the ocean floor in six states from New Jersey all the way down to Georgia. But the list of materials being...
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What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious?

Coronavirus has spread around the world with unprecedented speed and effectiveness. So what is it about this virus that makes it so infectious? A combination of the virus’s unique microscopic structure, it’s stealthy style of infection, and today’...
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Doctor Responds To Coronavirus Myths

Doctor Responds To Coronavirus Myths

As COVID-19 sweeps the globe heaps of misinformation comes with it. With so many ways and places to consume information it can be tough to determine fact from fiction. Cheddar spoke with Dr. Luiza Petra to verify or debunk some of these myths.
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How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

How Will Summer Really Impact Coronavirus?

Whether it’s the President of the United States or one of your friends, people all over the country are claiming summer will help get rid of the Coronavirus. But solving our COVID-19 crisis won't be as easy as waiting for warm weather to set in.
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How Los Angeles Got Its Iconic Architecture Style

How Los Angeles Got Its Iconic Architecture Style

You might not recognize the name, but if you've driven around Los Angeles you'll definitely recognize the style. Googie architecture became popular in the late 1950s and 1960s thanks to one man's design. Cheddar explains how this architecture styl...
The Tiny Compound That Makes Soap A Coronavirus Killer

The Tiny Compound That Makes Soap A Coronavirus Killer

Hand sanitizer has become a scare commodity as Coronavirus has spread around the world. But you might be surprised to learn that plentiful, cheap soap is actually one of the most effective weapons we have against COVID-19. It all comes down to the...
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The Fall Of The Business Suit

The Fall Of The Business Suit

Over the last few decades, the classic suit and tie has become a rare sight in offices across the United States. Today, 50% of reported companies allow for casual wear in the office. So what started this change and are there any downsides?
Why The World Sends Its Plastic Trash To Malaysia

Why The World Sends Its Plastic Trash To Malaysia

Southeast Asia has become the world’s largest importer of plastic scrap. Bales of imported plastic shipped in from the US, Europe and China flood ports in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Underground industries of illegal dump sites ar...
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Why All Fast Food Chains Look The Same Today

Why All Fast Food Chains Look The Same Today

Have you ever wondered why new McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, Taco Bell, Burger Kings and more are starting to look the same? Over the years consumer preferences have evolved and recently a new type of restaurant has entered the game to cater to those ...
Why European Sirens Are Coming To America

Why European Sirens Are Coming To America

Sirens sound different depending on where you are, but the message they send is the same: GET OUT OF THE WAY! So why are some NYC lawmakers working to change the emergency vehicle sirens to European ones?
Why Some Apps Are Intentionally Slow

Why Some Apps Are Intentionally Slow

In tech, speed is usually a major priority. But did you know it’s actually possible to create a program that is too fast? So some websites and apps are slowing down. From TurboTax to Facebook’s Privacy checkup, this phenomenon occurs more than yo...
Ben Higgins and JoJo Fletcher Reveal The Secrets Of Being On The Bachelor

Ben Higgins and JoJo Fletcher Reveal The Secrets Of Being On The Bachelor

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to be on the The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? In this video, former contestants Ben Higgins, Becca Kufrin, Jojo Fletcher, and Jordan Rogers discuss their experiences, and explore the secrets of the show.
That Time The U.S. Almost Built A Death Star

That Time The U.S. Almost Built A Death Star

The iconic rotating wheel space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey has become a fixture of our collective sci-fi consciousness. But did you know the real-life inspiration for that station was originally proposed as much more than just as a way-poi...
These 7 Digits May Be More Important Than Your Social Security Number

These 7 Digits May Be More Important Than Your Social Security Number

Our cell phone number has become one of the most important numbers in our lives. Recently a hack called "sim jacking" has gained traction, and it puts our cell phone numbers - as well as almost every other account we have - at risk. Right now, it'...
The Moment The NBA Turned Into A Fashion Show

The Moment The NBA Turned Into A Fashion Show

Today, basketball players are bonafide style icons: the walk into an area on game day is basically a fashion show. It wasn't always like this. Basketball style has evolved over the past 20 years, due in part to a policy change in 2005. Cheddar Exp...
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Why New York Still Uses Wooden Water Towers

Why New York Still Uses Wooden Water Towers

When you look across the New York City skyline, you might notice the thousands of wooden water towers that line the tops of the buildings. Cheddar Explains why there are so many water tanks and why they are still wooden.
How Winning An Oscar Became About Money

How Winning An Oscar Became About Money

Winning an Oscar isn't just about making a good movie. Studios, actors, and marketing firms run expensive campaigns for months prior to the big night. Here's what it really takes to bring home an Academy Award.
Here's Why The Driving Age Is 16 In Most States. Should It Be?

Here's Why The Driving Age Is 16 In Most States. Should It Be?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. 16 to 17-year-old drivers are almost twice as likely to die in a car crash than drivers who are just two years older. So why is the minimum driving age still ...
The Downfall Of The Convertible Car

The Downfall Of The Convertible Car

The convertible has been an icon since the beginning of the automobile era. But in recent years, sales have declined drastically. We explain why the drop top is disappearing from roads.
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Donald Trump Vs. Nancy Pelosi: A History Of The Rivalry

Donald Trump Vs. Nancy Pelosi: A History Of The Rivalry

After the conclusion of Tuesday night's State Of The Union Address, Nancy Pelosi ripped up a copy of Donald Trump's speech. This dramatic moment is just the latest headline in a history of conflict.
How The Red Carpet Became An Award Show Staple

How The Red Carpet Became An Award Show Staple

Hollywood has transformed the red carpet into a platform for actors and actresses to showcase high fashion before award shows like the Oscars. But it didn't always used to be this way. Cheddar explains how the red carpet came to be a staple of awa...