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Who invented the spork?

 Who invented the spork?

Behold the humble spork! Made of the cheapest plastic and seen mostly at public school cafeterias and fast food chains, it doesn't have an inspiring pedigree. But it's been around for a long time. See more »

How Elastic Works

 How Elastic Works

It holds your Skivvies up, secures your ponytail and generally keeps athletes, rock stars and the general public outfitted in stretchy comfort. Ready to learn about the elastic fantastic? See more »

Are auto plastics workers more likely to get breast cancer?

 Are auto plastics workers more likely to get breast cancer?

For a long time, a group of female automotive plastics workers in Canada knew their work environment was unpleasant and probably sickening. But they didn't know it could actually be fatal. See more »

Are there really people who think rules just don't apply to them?

 Are there really people who think rules just don't apply to them?

You know these people. They dart in front of you when you're checking out at the store. They cut you off on the highway with nary a signal. Are they just jerks, or could something else be going on with them? See more »

How McCarthyism Worked

 How McCarthyism Worked

Senator Joseph McCarthy whipped up anti-Communist hysteria in the early 1950s -- using controversial tactics and ruining hundreds of careers, including his own. See more »

How Stethoscopes Work

 How Stethoscopes Work

Stethoscopes started as a way for 19th-century doctors to put some distance between themselves and grubby patients. Today though, this simple listening tool is one of the best ways to diagnose a range of problems. See more »