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Cheddar Explains

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The “Fatal Flaw” Of Net Zero Commitments

A quick look at some recent headlines show that major companies are no longer shying away from bold climate commitments. However, it can be hard to tell what these promises really mean. Why does a company commit to a 30 percent cut versus 40 perce...

All The Ways Baseball Players Cheat, An Expert Explains

Cheating is nothing new to the MLB. Since its inception in the 19th century, baseball players have been looking for ways to gain an advantage on the field… legal or not.

Why All Late-Night Talk Shows Look The Same

From Jimmy Kimmel Live, to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, late night talk shows have always used the same set. The host of the show sits behind a big wooden desk on the right and the guest sits on a couch to the left.

How Times Square Became A Giant Tourist Trap

With its brightly lit billboards, costumed characters, and Broadway theater New York's Times Square is known as the crossroads of the world. In non-pandemic years, the square hosted 50 million tourists. But just 40 years ago Times Square was a...

Why This Tiny Airport Was Briefly The Busiest In The World

Flights into and out of the 520 U.S. airports fell 55% in April 2020 compared to April 2019. That's 2.5 million fewer operations. All that translates to a huge monetary loss. A 125 billion dollar loss of revenue to be exact. So it was shocki...

Why America’s Gas Pipelines Are An Easy Target For Hackers

On May 7, 2021 hackers launched a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. This was no small disruption. The 5,500 mile line transports 100 million gallons of gas daily and accounts for 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supplies. Gas pipeline...

How Highway Noise Barriers Can Make Traffic Louder

Highway noise barriers are intended to reduce traffic sounds for nearby residents and businesses. And there are over 3,000 miles of these walls lining U.S. highways. However, recent studies show they might not work as well as intended. And could ...

Why Freight Trains Keep Getting Longer

Have you noticed waits at railroad crossings have been getting longer? It's not just you, freight trains have been getting longer, from 5,000 feet to more than 10,000 feet long. Cheddar explains what's behind this trend and why it's mo...

Why Disinfecting Surfaces Won't Prevent COVID-19 (and why we did it anyway)

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, health officials highlighted the importance of disinfecting surfaces in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, throughout the year, studies emerged suggesting surfaces weren’t a major cause of transmis...

America’s Nuclear Reactors Are Worryingly Old

Nuclear energy supplies about 20% of electricity in the U.S., but the fleet of reactors is getting old. The oldest has been operating since 1969, the average age of all 94 reactors is 39 years, and four of them recently received license renewals a...

Why The U.S. Government Doesn't Regulate Amusement Parks

Amusement park regulation varies from state to state, but no American amusement park receives federal oversight. In fact, the largest parks are free to regulate themselves. Every year, injuries or even deaths continue to occur on rides across the ...

Why Cruise Ships Go To Turkey To Die

Turkey’s ship breaking yard is located in the town of Aliaga - about 30 miles north of Port Izmir. Usually, this yard breaks down cargo and container ships. But in 2020, it started bringing in another type of vessel. And business is booming.

Parking Is Devouring American Cities

Car culture in the United States spurred a parking boom that's continued since the early 1900s. As a result, American cites are chock full of parking lots and garages. In Seattle, for example, there are five parking spots per household. Chedda...

How Tiny Uruguay Became an Unlikely World Cup Powerhouse

Uruguay is one of the smaller nations compared to other Latin American countries in the world of soccer, but its passion for futbol is one of the biggest. Experts say its history of racial inclusivity and early economic policies played a big role.

Why Drug Dealers Are Choosing the United States Postal Service

The United States Postal Service is the preferred method for shipping drugs across international borders. But why and how did the USPS become the #1 way to ship drugs? Cheddar explains...

What a World Cup Without the US Means for Fox

Fox took a gamble and got the coverage for the next 2 FIFA World Cups, however, without the United States qualifying what does it mean for the network, advertising, and viewership?

How Missile Technology Changed The Game of Basketball

Missile-tracking technology has been applied to sports such as soccer and basketball and, literally, it's a game changer. This technology has allowed teams to crunch analytics that lead to new game strategies and more wins.

Who Defends Earth From Asteroids?

The most important job on Earth is definitely Planetary Defense Officer. Lindley Johnson, from NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office, monitors all asteroids around Earth to make sure we find them before they hit us and have global consequences.

How the Lottery Is 'Rigging' Its Way into Higher Jackpots

Lottery jackpots have been increasing dramatically in recent years. This is not a coincidence, it is the result of deliberate actions by the lottos like Mega Millions and Powerball. And it's making it less likely for you to win.

How Your Browsing Behavior Affects What You Pay Online

'Personalized dynamic pricing' is a fancy way of saying that companies charge more to people who they think will pay more for the same product. Do you think it is fair to change prices based on data collected about consumers online?

How Lemons Led to the Rise of the Sicilian Mafia

In the mid-1850s to early 1900s lemon groves were extremely profitable in southern Italy. However, politically the Italian landscape was very unstable, which led to the need to protect the lemon groves from thieves and bandits...

How Virtual Horse Armor Paved the Way for Pay-To-Win in Gaming

Microtransactions and in-app/game purchases have reached a boiling point in smart-phone apps and video games. It's reached the point where you can pay to win. How did we get here and what does the future hold?

Robotic Exotic Dancers Prove No Job Is Safe

Robots are being integrated into every part of our lives from adult entertainment to nannies, and being given human rights such citizenship and marriage licenses. Would you go to a strip club with only robot strippers?

There's a Stock Car Driver Who Only Accepts Vegan Sponsors

Leilani Munter puts her beliefs before her career. As she puts it, she's an activist with a race car. Leilani Munter has walked away from huge sponsorships because they didn't align with her eco-friendly beliefs.

What Part of Space Should NASA Explore Next?

NASA's New Frontiers Program has to decide what area of space NASA should explore next. It's currently down to 4. Which program do you think should win?

How 420 Went From an Inside Joke to a Global Event

How did 420 come into existence? It started with a small group of friends and thanks to the Grateful Dead became a worldwide sensation.

The Life & Legacy of Stephen Hawking

In honor of Stephen Hawking's passing, Cheddar takes a look at some of what we've learned from this legendary physicist.

Apple Slowed Down Your iPhone, But Is It Planned Obsolescence?

Apple has already admitted to slowing down your iPhone, but is it on purpose? They haven't admitted to planned obsolescence, but it has been a business strategy used since the early 1900s.

Could Going Helmetless Solve Football's Brain Injury Problem?

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a disease closely associated with American football players due to repetitive hits to the skull. This leads to brain damage over time including, memory loss, aggression, impulse control, and more.

Do College Football Players Need Free Lifelong Heath Care?

The debate over whether or not college football players should get paid is not a new one. Add CTE, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and other chronic ailments that college football players can develop and thing get even more complicated.

How Close Are We To Living Like the Jetsons? - Cheddar Explains

How close are we to living like The Jetsons? Although we are still 44 years away from when The Jetsons took place we already have a lot of the technology they predicted. Let's grab a progress report.

How Cord Cutting Is Signaling "Innovate or Die" To Traditional Media

Cord cutting has put pressure on traditional cable operators to innovate or die, and has lead to the rise of a new cohort of media companies.

How NASA Makes Money For America

The United States spends a lot of money on NASA. Tens of billions of dollars a year. Did you know that NASA is actually returning more in value to the American economy than we spend on it?

The Capitalistic & Religious Reasons Why Breakfast is the "Most Important Meal of the Day"

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day", we've all heard over the years. But is it really? The short answer is no. The long answer somehow involves masturbation.

The War For Your Internet Browsing Activity

For decades large technology companies have been locked in a battle to own the way you access the internet. From Netscape Navigator to Microsoft's Internet Explorer to Google's Chrome and everything in between.

What is a Ponzi Scheme?

Investment fraud has been present throughout Wall Street history starting with Charles Ponzi himself. In more recent years you have heard the name, Bernie Madoff, for running one of the biggest ponzi schemes in recent history.

Why Are Fast Food Logos Red? And Why Are They Changing to Green?

Ever wonder why the majority of fast food chains use red in their logo? Many think it's because "red stimulates hunger" but that's not true. Turns out, the colors of fast food have more to do with fast than food.

The Hidden Economy Behind NYC Street Vending

Why You Should Care About The "Internet of Things"

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