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Here’s how those Halloween pop-up stores work

Oct 30, 2015
It's a symbiotic relationship between landlords and specialty retailers.
Posted In: Halloween, pop-up stores, commercial real estate
Inmate Odell Blue at work in the road sign plant.

Ever wonder who makes those big highway signs?

Sep 22, 2015
The people who do may never get a chance to actually see them in use.
Posted In: road signs, prison labor, state agencies

How do casinos decide where to put slot machines?

Sep 8, 2015
They use the urinal theory, among other secrets.
Posted In: casinos, slot machines, Florida
Robert Randolph and Devon Allman (right) perform during All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman at The Fox Theatre on January 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. This summer, Allman has been on tour for his new album, "Ragged & Dirty."

I've Always Wondered: 'The Travellin' Band'

Aug 31, 2015
How do bands decide which cities to play and which to pass on tour?
Posted In: musicians, tour, band
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a speech hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative last Friday in New York City. Rubio has missed almost a third of his senate votes this year.

Do members of Congress take vacation time to campaign?

Aug 17, 2015
A listener wonders how the Senate's presidential candidates can work and run.
Posted In: politics, campaign, 2016 election
Many restaurants prohibit adults from ordering off items from the kid's menu.

Why can’t adults order off the kids’ menu?

Jul 20, 2015
Big people with little appetites: you can't always get what you want.
Posted In: restaurants, kids, adult, Food, menu

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

Jul 6, 2015
Is it worth it? Environmentally, yes. Economically, sometimes. Cue the ballistic separator.
Posted In: recycling efficiency glass aluminum plastic

Why do some movies open early?

Jul 2, 2015
Midnight premieres draw in super-fans build buzz for summer blockbusters
Posted In: Entertainment, movie, summer, box office

How much do TV theme songwriters earn?

Jun 22, 2015
Every time a show airs — ka-ching! — the composer gets paid.
Posted In: i've always wondered, television, Music
Talk Like a Pirate Day is a national event celebrated on YouTube every September.

Just how do national days get on the calendar?

Jun 1, 2015
It's Go Barefoot Day? Penpal Day? Say Something Nice Day? Who says?

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Why does popcorn at the movies cost so much?

Aug 4, 2014
Hint: Movie theaters don’t make much money from movies. Movie studios do.
Posted In: movies, food costs, Food, tickets, popcorn

How do rental car companies make money?

Feb 10, 2014
And seriously, what's with those key chains you can't take apart?
Posted In: rental car, cars, Hertz

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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.

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