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Why are razor blades so expensive?

Mar 16, 2015
They're just strips of metal set in plastic, right?
Posted In: razors, manufacturing, i've always wondered

Finding the natural in natural flavors

Mar 2, 2015
Natural flavors come from a substance found in nature, but that's just the start.
Posted In: food and drink, natural, processed foods
Tom Brady celebrates in his commemorative championship T-shirt.

How do sports teams get their championship T-shirts so fast?

Feb 2, 2015
T-shirt companies prep for championship games before season even starts.
Posted In: Sports, t-shirts, clothing
"Wheel of Fortune' host Pat Sajak interviews Josh Woo before the start of his game. "

Game-show winner pulls back the curtain on prizes

Jan 20, 2015
"Wheel of Fortune" contestant reveals how shows come up with prizes – and why he gave a big one back.
Posted In: game shows, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, Taxes

Why are there so few $2 bills?

Jan 9, 2015
The saga of America's most misunderstood currency note.
Posted In: $2 bill, currency, printing, Money
A gallery-goer admires a fully functional urinal by artist Andrew Ohanesian titled "Urinal."

Why aren't more urinals installed in homes?

Dec 22, 2014
Absence of urinals in houses may be related to a simple fact: At home, it's not called "the men's room."
Posted In: Baths
Amy Keating, a senior product tester at Consumer Reports, prepares to conduct a taste test.

How do store brands stack up against name brands?

Dec 10, 2014
Store brands can be just as good as name brands. But there are some trade-offs.
Posted In: store brand, name brand, ketchup, heinz, consumer reports
Michael Jackson performs in 1988.

Who gets the money made by dead celebrities?

Nov 24, 2014
Even celebrities in financial trouble can make tens of millions after death.
Posted In: celebrities, Michael Jackson, Elvis
Happy Family CEO Shazi Visram

What do CEOs do all day?

Nov 10, 2014
Spoiler: Meetings.
Posted In: CEOs, corporate, start-ups

Why are sticks of butter long and skinny in the East, but short and fat in the West?

Oct 31, 2014
As we've learned, there is an expert out there for absolutely everything.
Posted In: butter, dairy, listener questions

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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.