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Cheddar Explains

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The Rise And Fall Of The Buffet Chain

In the 90s, buffet chains like Old Country Buffet and Golden Corral were seemingly everywhere. But since 2000, the industry has been in decline.

The Rise And Fall Of Real Christmas Trees

Christmas trees weren’t always a staple of the holiday. But today, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a decked out tree- real or artificial.

Why Almost All Christmas Music Is From the 1940s and 1950s

Whether you love or hate Christmas music you can't escape it during the holiday season. On top of that, you've heard the songs thousands of times. That's because most of them have been around for more than 70 years.

How The NYC Subway Was Saved By A Typeface

For much of its existence the New York City subway system was a mess of competing signage leaving unexperienced riders understandably confused. That is until one typeface came along and unified the entire system and in doing so solidified itself a...

Why The Human Eye Is A Design Disaster

Over 24 million adults in the United States have eye issues: Either you’re born with eye issues, you grow up to have eye issues, or you get so old that your eyes deteriorate into one big issue. So why are our eyes an engineering nightmare? Well to...

Why The Covid-19 Vaccines Must Be Kept So Cold

Pfizer and Moderna each recently introduced the first COVID-19 vaccines - and both are over 90% effective. An unprecedented achievement. But it isn’t all roses. These vaccines need to be stored in extreme cold. And that's a huge logistical cha...

Why There's Almost No Google Street View In Germany

Have you ever used Google Street View to look around Europe and wondered why Germany is almost entirely blank? For years Google has tried to get Street View into the country, yet has faced heavy public backlash every time. Cheddar explains why Ger...

Why Arcades Are Still Thriving In Japan

American arcades are largely dead, killed by negative public sentiment and advancements in personal gaming. But arcades in Japan were able to survive and today are thriving. Even amidst a global pandemic. Cheddar Explains how Japanese arcades evol...

Is Concrete The Most Destructive Material On Earth?

Concrete has given rise to modern life. It’s so ubiquitous and takes so many forms that it might be easy to forget about. Yet now there is increasing pressure to change the way we use and make concrete. As cities warm and flood, as biodiversity i...

Why Did The Polls Underestimate The Trump Vote (Again)?

Very little was clear on Election Night 2020 except that, once again, the polls had underestimated support for Donald Trump. So what is it that makes Trump's support so hard for pollsters to count?

Why San Francisco Has No Active Cemeteries

San Francisco has a population of over 883,000 residents, but it only has two cemeteries for the entire city. But neither of them perform active burials. So why are bodies showing up under the city?

Why This Bridge Is Suddenly Everywhere

All across America old bridges are being replaced. In the place of deteriorating truss and suspension bridges architects are choosing the aesthetically pleasing cable-stay bridges. But this modern design actually dates back to the 16th-century. Ch...

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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