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How Diamonds Work

There's no denying that diamonds are pretty -- but where do they come from, and why are they so...

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How Music Sampling Works

Today music sampling is a common practice, especially in electronic or hip-hop music. But how...

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How Tipping Works

Tipping is commonly expected in some places, such as U.S. restaurants. Yet this practice varies...

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How the Donner Party Worked

Did they or didn’t they? There is plenty of written evidence that the ill-fated Donner Party...

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How Noah's Ark Worked

Stories of a great flood and a man who managed to stay afloat while the world drowned abound in...

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Duels: A guide to throwing down the gauntlet

Pretty much everything you know about duels is true – it’s a challenge to violence to defend...

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How SETI Works

SETI stands for 'search for extraterrestrial intelligence,' and the term is used to describe both...

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How Crying Works

You probably did it around 70 times last year, yet you probably don’t understand the...

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Fasting: deadly or what?

Avoiding food for religious or health reasons has been around for millennia. But while God may...

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How Spies Work

Psst. You want to know how governments and corporations get the drop on one another? The...

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How Autopsies Work

In the 400th episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck take a trip through the morgue and...

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How Coral Reefs Work

Coral reefs are the largest organic structures on Earth, yet they're created through a symbiotic...

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How Floods Work

Floods happen when more water is introduced to an area than can be quickly removed. That’s about...

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How Human Trafficking Works

Despite worldwide prohibitions, slavery still exists. Slaves are forced or coerced into...

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How Mexican Wrestling Works

Perhaps it’s the colorful masks or the high-flying, rapid-fire acrobatic moves. Whatever it is,...

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What’s the deal with the Bermuda Triangle?

There’s roughly 500,000 squares miles encompassed in a triangle with points in Miami, Bermuda...

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Can you vacation in Antarctica?

The answer is yes, but there’s a lot more to traveling to the southernmost continent. Learn why...

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Was there a curse on King Tut’s tomb?

When Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen's tomb, some believe he unleashed a curse on everyone...

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How Yo-Yos Work

You may have played with a yo-yo before -- perhaps you’ve even walked the dog -- but do you know...

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Josh and Chuck’s Christmas Extravaganza

Have you ever wondered why the poinsettia is the official plant of Christmas or why we hang...

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