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How do actors make money off residuals?

Oct 24, 2014
Lisa Kudrow still makes money off "Smelly Cat," and more about how actors get paid.

How do cemeteries make money?

Oct 13, 2014
The better question may be: What do they do when they run out of space?
Even the front lawn of Washington Cemetery is crammed full of plots. 
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Why does popcorn at the movies cost so much?

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Aug 4, 2014
Hint: Movie theaters don’t make much money from movies. Movie studios do.
Is that yellowish hue butter, or pure gold? 
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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?

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.

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.

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How much would an all-American iPhone cost?

May 20, 2014
A 100 percent U.S.-made iPhone would cost more than $2,000.
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Why green olives come in jars, but black ones come in cans

May 5, 2014
A tale of economics, dinner parties and death.
Olives from Eataly, which don't come in a can or a jar.
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