The Rise And Fall Of The Drive-In Theater – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Drive-in theaters were a staple of American culture for the better part of the second half of the 20th century. But now, there are fewer than 300 remaining in the United States. So what happened? Advancements in technology like the television and VHS tape are partially to blame, but there’s more to the…

The Big Problem With Cloverleaf Interchanges – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Cloverleaf interchanges used to be the most popular type of interchange on American highways. But over the past 30 years, they’ve slowly been disappearing. What happened? Cheddar explains the history – and the future – of cloverleaf interchanges. Sources: LA Times FHWA.dot.gov Semantic Scholar Dispatch.com NJ.com New York Times Baltimore Sun VDOT Subscribe…

Why The American West Is Running Out Of Water – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Millions of people thrive in the American West’s deserts today, but not every is thriving. You’ve probably heard of droughts and wildfires in California, of groundwater drying up in Arizona, and of entire communities, like those on the Navajo Nation, that have been left without running water. The region is finally coming to…

Why Finland has $100,000 Speeding Fines – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Finland has made headlines over the years for fining drivers with exorbitantly high fine for speeding violations, including one for around $103,000. While not all tickets are this expensive, this amount would be unheard of in the U.S. So why do drivers get hit with these exorbitant fines in Finland? And is this…

Why Hotel Rooms Have Bibles – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. A Gideon Bible in your nightstand is as synonymous with hotels as tiny shampoo bottles and continental breakfasts. So who puts them there? And why is this still a thing? Sources: PRRI https://www.prri.org/research/american-religious-landscape-christian-religiously-unaffiliated/ Pew Research Center https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/29/how-religious-is-your-state/?state=alabama Mic https://www.mic.com/articles/182597/why-do-hotels-still-put-a-bible-in-the-nightstand Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/02/11/hotel-bibles-are-still-thing-some-brands-theyre-their-way-out/ Harvard Business School https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/birth-of-the-american-salesman LA Times https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hotel-bibles-20161204-story.html The Baltimore Sun https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1999-09-16-9909160123-story.html…

Why Precisely Priced Homes Sell Better

From Cheddar. The trend of precisely pricing homes is on the rise. Research indicates that a house with a precise price will sell better than a house priced with a rounded number. That’s because this technique plays with a key characteristic of human psychology. This is Why You Buy, the show that reveals how marketers…

The Reason Medieval Paintings Of Cats Were So Bad – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Have you ever wondered why cats in medieval paintings and illustrations look so wonky? Their little faces don’t look like animals at all. In fact, they look like ugly humans. It’s not that the artists weren’t talented. This ugliness was intentional. Sources: Ancient History Encyclopedia https://www.ancient.eu/article/1387/cats-in-the-middle-ages/ Lumen Learning https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-arthistory1/chapter/the-bestiary/ Artsy https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-decoding-animals-art-history-immortal-peacocks-lusty-rabbits Metropolitan Museum…

How Soy Found Its Way Into Everything – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. From milk to canned tuna to shampoo, soy is in a good majority of our day-to-day products. It’s added to around 60% of the nation’s processed foods. Soy has been known to provide some real health benefits, like high protein. But there are legitimate health and environmental consequences that raise the question: why…

Just How Safe Is It To Be Outside During Coronavirus? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Summer is just around the corner, and the outdoors may seem like the perfect escape from the threat of contracting the virus. States are slowly reopening businesses and stir-crazy Americans are flocking to beaches and taking hikes. Are we really that much safer just by being outside? Further reading: -Erin Bromage https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200511&instance_id=18384&nl=the-morning&regi_id=95275081&segment_id=27239&te=1&user_id=1cce7baa9a97b1605e75a5e5d9b6d596 -Proceedings…

The Rise And Fall Of Autotune – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Autotune was a staple in pop hits throughout the 2000s. T-Pain, Nelly, Daft Punk, and almost every major pop artist embraced the technology. But most of these famous tunes were actually using Autotune incorrectly. So who started this trend and how did something so despised become so popular? Further Reading: New York Times…