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Why do they still have floor traders at the NYSE?

Jul 4, 2014
Robots do most of the trading. So what's up with the folks in blue jackets?
Posted In: new york stock exchange, automated trading, Wall Street

Why do marketers want young men so badly?

Jun 23, 2014
Men 18 to 34 are marketed to using machismo, sex, body-blows and insults.
Posted In: marketing

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Jun 17, 2014

How do restaurants set their buffet prices?

Jun 9, 2014
There's a careful science to pricing a buffet - and to getting your money's worth.
Posted In: buffets, restaurants, food and drink

How much would an all-American iPhone cost?

May 20, 2014
A 100 percent U.S.-made iPhone would cost more than $2,000.
Posted In: iPhone, apple, China
We're here to answer olive your questions.

Everything else you wanted to know about olives

May 8, 2014
We're here to answer olive your questions.
Posted In: olives, botulism, canned food

Why green olives come in jars, but black ones come in cans

May 5, 2014
A tale of economics, dinner parties and death.
Posted In: olives, canned food, Food, botulism

Why it makes economic sense to send a letter for 49 cents

Apr 25, 2014
For less than the price of a cup of coffee, you can send a letter halfway across the globe. How?
Posted In: U.S. Postal Service, mail
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The cold truth about the ice business

Mar 31, 2014
How many bags of ice do you buy a year? Enough to make it a $2.5 billion industry, that's how much.
Posted In: ICE

What do stores do with unsold merchandise?

Mar 10, 2014
What is this "donate" you speak of?
Posted In: big box stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreens

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Have you ever wondered why you can buy a whole rotisserie-cooked chicken at the grocery store cheaper than a pack of two frozen chicken breasts? Or why hotels give you a mending kit but no toothbrush? What does the YKK mean on all of your zippers? Who invented the foam finger? If you’re like us, you’ve got a lot of questions about the small, simple, brilliant and ubiquitous things in the world of business, and we want to help answer them for you.