Why Haven't People Received Their First Stimulus Check?

Why Haven't People Received Their First Stimulus Check?

While Congress tries to agree on a second stimulus plan, there are still Americans waiting for their first check. Here's where your money might be.
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What To Do With America's Largest Confederate Monument?

What To Do With America's Largest Confederate Monument?

Statues commemorating the Confederacy are being torn down across America as a result of racial unrest following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But the largest monument in the country has been left out of the conversation: Stone Mountai...
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How Glass Skyscrapers Conquered Our Cities

How Glass Skyscrapers Conquered Our Cities

New York City has over 6,000 high rise buildings and for the last 75 years most of the skyscrapers built were constructed with glass facades. This trend has continued in cities across the world like London, Moscow, and Shanghai. But over the years...
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The Rise And Fall Of The Drive-In Theater

The Rise And Fall Of The Drive-In Theater

Drive-in theaters were a staple of American culture for the better part of the second half of the 20th century. But now, there are fewer than 300 remaining in the United States. So what happened? Advancements in technology like the television and ...
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The Big Problem With Cloverleaf Interchanges

The Big Problem With Cloverleaf Interchanges

Cloverleaf interchanges used to be the most popular type of interchange on American highways. But over the past 30 years, they’ve slowly been disappearing. What happened? Cheddar explains the history - and the future - of cloverleaf interchanges.
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Why The American West Is Running Out Of Water

Why The American West Is Running Out Of Water

Millions of people thrive in the American West’s deserts today, but not every is thriving. You’ve probably heard of droughts and wildfires in California, of groundwater drying up in Arizona, and of entire communities, like those on the Navajo Nati...
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Why Finland has $100,000 Speeding Fines

Why Finland has $100,000 Speeding Fines

Finland has made headlines over the years for fining drivers with exorbitantly high fine for speeding violations, including one for around $103,000. While not all tickets are this expensive, this amount would be unheard of in the U.S. So why do dr...
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Redesigning The Office for a Post-Coronavirus World

Redesigning The Office for a Post-Coronavirus World

Covid-19 has rapidly changed the way we work. With about a third of Americans working from home during the pandemic, it’s only natural to wonder what else will change.
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Why Hotel Rooms Have Bibles

Why Hotel Rooms Have Bibles

A Gideon Bible in your nightstand is as synonymous with hotels as tiny shampoo bottles and continental breakfasts. So who puts them there? And why is this still a thing?
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Why Precisely Priced Homes Sell Better

Why Precisely Priced Homes Sell Better

The trend of precisely pricing homes is on the rise. Research indicates that a house with a precise price will sell better than a house priced with a rounded number. That’s because this technique plays with a key characteristic of human psychology...
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The Reason Medieval Paintings Of Cats Were So Bad

The Reason Medieval Paintings Of Cats Were So Bad

Have you ever wondered why cats in medieval paintings and illustrations look so wonky? Their little faces don’t look like animals at all. In fact, they look like ugly humans. It's not that the artists weren't talented. This ugliness was intentional.
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The Big Brands That Make Trader Joe's Products

The Big Brands That Make Trader Joe's Products

We all love Trader Joe’s. Their fun culture, healthy vibe, and cheap private label have all helped fuel prolific growth over the past two decades. But have you ever stopped to wonder who supplies that private label? In some cases, it’s the same bi...
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Why Juneteenth Isn't A National Holiday And Why It Should Be

Why Juneteenth Isn't A National Holiday And Why It Should Be

Also called Emancipation Day, or Juneteenth Independence Day, Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States But this second independence day is not a national holiday and most Americans have never even heard of it....
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How The Cozy Coupe Became The Best Selling Car Of All-Time

How The Cozy Coupe Became The Best Selling Car Of All-Time

If you were a kid in the last 40 years, you probably have a Cozy Coupe memory. Growing up It seemed like they were everywhere. That's because they were. So how did this unassuming, foot-pedal-powered toy become one of the most popular toys of all ...
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How Soy Found Its Way Into Everything

How Soy Found Its Way Into Everything

From milk to canned tuna to shampoo, soy is in a good majority of our day-to-day products. It’s added to around 60% of the nation’s processed foods. Soy has been known to provide some real health benefits, like high protein. But there are legitima...
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Why Obnoxiously Loud Car Alarms Aren't As Common Today

Why Obnoxiously Loud Car Alarms Aren't As Common Today

If you lived in a big city in the 90s, you're probably one of the unlucky people who was kept up at night on a regular basis by errant car alarms. But today, those in that same big city hear alarms far less often than you did. So where did car ala...
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The Real Reason Washington D.C. Doesn't Have Skyscrapers

The Real Reason Washington D.C. Doesn't Have Skyscrapers

The skyline of Washington D.C. is stunted. You've probably heard that D.C. can't build skyscrapers taller than the U.S. Capital Building or the Washington Monument. But those are both myths from a bygone era. Cheddar tells the real story.
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Are Face Shields Better Than Masks For Coronavirus?

Are Face Shields Better Than Masks For Coronavirus?

Now that we’ve all gotten used to face masks, are we ready to make the switch to shields? A recently published article in The Journal of the American Medical Association, argued that a face shield could better help reduce the transmission of the c...
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Just How Safe Is It To Be Outside During Coronavirus?

Just How Safe Is It To Be Outside During Coronavirus?

Summer is just around the corner, and the outdoors may seem like the perfect escape from the threat of contracting the virus. States are slowly reopening businesses and stir-crazy Americans are flocking to beaches and taking hikes. Are we really t...
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The Rise And Fall Of Autotune

The Rise And Fall Of Autotune

Autotune was a staple in pop hits throughout the 2000s. T-Pain, Nelly, Daft Punk, and almost every major pop artist embraced the technology. But most of these famous tunes were actually using Autotune incorrectly. So who started this trend and how...
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How America's National Parks Became Critically Crowded With Tourists

How America's National Parks Became Critically Crowded With Tourists

Visitation to National Park Service sites has seen a boom in recent years. For five years in a row, the park service has tallied over 300 million visitors per year. It’s an unprecedented spike, and the reason why this is happening now goes deeper ...
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How Pandemics Like Coronavirus Have Shaped Our Homes

How Pandemics Like Coronavirus Have Shaped Our Homes

Our home design has changed drastically over the past 150 years. Once commonplace items like claw-footed tubs and standing armoires have fallen out of favor. Of course, technologies and consumer preferences have played a major role. But what might...
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How Backyard Grilling Conquered America

How Backyard Grilling Conquered America

Backyard grilling is an American institution. But have you ever wondered where it came from? You might be surprised to learn that the history of your weekend barbecue twists and turns back through the earliest years of America’s past.
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Why Americans Are So Obsessed With Grilling

Why Americans Are So Obsessed With Grilling

Grilling is an American institution. But have you ever wondered where it came from? You might be surprised to learn that the history of your weekend barbecue twists and turns back through the earliest years of America’s past.
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The Real Reason Soap Operas Look So Different

The Real Reason Soap Operas Look So Different

If you compare a daytime Soap Opera with a primetime television show you'll likely notice that Soaps just look different. This look has been described as dreamlike, hyper-realistic, or soft. So what's the difference and why? Well it can be traced ...
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Why 3D Movies Keep Failing

Why 3D Movies Keep Failing

3D movies seem to be on their deathbed. But this isn't the first time that the 3D craze has come and gone - it seems to be a cycle that keeps repeating, every few years. So why is Hollywood so insistent on 3D movies? And why don't they seem to stick?
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The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of The Ford Bronco

The Rise, Fall, And Rebirth Of The Ford Bronco

When the Ford Bronco hit the market in the 1960s, it revolutionized the auto market. Over time, the Bronco became a cult classic, a Hollywood icon, and a symbol of Americana. But the Bronco abruptly fell from fame and production was halted. So why...
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Why There Are So Few Pickup Trucks In Europe

Why There Are So Few Pickup Trucks In Europe

The pickup truck has become a symbol of Americana. In fact, the Ford F-150 has been the best selling vehicle in the United States for the past 40 years. But across the pond, you wont see a pickup truck enter the top 10 best selling vehicles. So wh...
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Why Movies Are Wrong About Elevator Free Falls

Why Movies Are Wrong About Elevator Free Falls

In practically every action movie, there’s a scene where an elevator cable snaps and the car goes shooting down the shaft. But that almost never happens. In fact, no one has died from a free fall in a modern elevator. So why so safe? The answer li...
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How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies

How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies

Sniffling. Sneezing. Runny eyes. Springtime brings a rush of seasonal allergies that plague us - but historically, allergies were mild - if they existed at all. In fact, allergies became a force to be reckoned with only in the 1970s. Cheddar expla...
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How Navigation Apps Actually Create More Traffic

How Navigation Apps Actually Create More Traffic

Most drivers depend on navigation apps for driving instructions and avoiding traffic. However, these apps could actually be contributing to an increase in rising congestion..
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What The Pronunciations Of Brand Names Really Mean

What The Pronunciations Of Brand Names Really Mean

Marketers use a linguistic science called ‘Sound Symbolism’ to aid in naming brands and products. The science focuses on the sounds of words and how they can affect how people perceive a word. Join Cheddar as we examine just how brand names come t...
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Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

For the better half of the last century, multi-cam sitcoms across television relied on the laugh track to make TV shows better. Thanks to the laff box by Charley Douglass, favorite shows from Friends to Seinfeld would use canned laughter to sweete...
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The Rise and Fall Of Orange Juice

The Rise and Fall Of Orange Juice

Did you know orange juice wasn't a nationally consumed beverage until the mid 1900's? It feels like the ubiquitous drink of breakfasts all around the country, and yet, its production and consumption has been on the decline for the past few years. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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...
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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?
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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 ...
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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?
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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...
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