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How Corsets Work

As fashion, fetish and historical foundation, the corset continues to fascinate. Think you know the scoop on this misunderstood garment? Think again!


How Silly Bandz Work

 How Silly Bandz Work

What are Silly Bandz and how did they get so popular? Read all about Silly Bandz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Dubstep Works

 How Dubstep Works

How do you tell dubstep from other types of electronic music? Read about dubstep and the signature dubstep wobble at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Ugg Boots Work

 How Ugg Boots Work

Do you own Ugg boots? How did Uggs become so popular? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Fabulous Fads from the 1950s

 10 Fabulous Fads from the 1950s

Even if you weren't around in the 1950s, you're probably familiar with these 10 short-lived but long-loved pieces of golden decade pop culture. See more »

How Dieselpunk Works

 How Dieselpunk Works

The dieselpunk subgenre of speculative fiction looks at a world that could have been. Learn about the dieselpunk style and where dieselpunk gets its inspiration. See more »

What is a flash mob?

 What is a flash mob?

What is a flash mob? Read about flash mobs at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Plan a Flash Mob

 How to Plan a Flash Mob

Want to know how to plan a flash mob? Learn about planning flash mobs at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How to Find Out About a Flash Mob

 How to Find Out About a Flash Mob

Curious about how to find out about a flash mob? Learn about finding out about flash mobs at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Mind-blowing Flash Mobs

 5 Mind-blowing Flash Mobs

Some flash mobs are so wild you can hardly believe they happened. Check out 5 mind-blowing flash mobs at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Zoot Suits Work

 How Zoot Suits Work

Zoot suits have an interesting story you might not know about. Read about zoot suits at HowStuffWorks. See more »