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Why don’t we use 900 numbers anymore?

Mar 25, 2021
Before the internet, we accessed information — and reached out to celebrities — by dialing a number.
In the days of landlines, you could call 900 numbers to connect with celebs.
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Why “equity” can mean “cash” in real estate and “fairness” in everyday language

Mar 11, 2021
“Equity” comes from a Latin root meaning “fair” or ”equal.” It’s legal history started in 15th century English equity courts.
Equity has multiple meanings when it comes to real estate that derive from the term "equity of redemption."
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How many U.S. flags are made in the U.S.?

Feb 25, 2021
Perhaps the best-known symbol of American patriotism, the American flag is made in the U.S. 94% of the time.
An American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 9, 2021.
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How do all-inclusive resorts make money?

Jan 28, 2021
Several economic theories are at play to make this counter-intuitive business model profitable.
People walk on the beach at Sandals Grande Antigua all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.
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Why do books have prices printed on them?

Jan 21, 2021
A centuries-old practice dating back to the Industrial Revolution has created complications for modern-day booksellers.
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