Why New York Still Uses Wooden Water Towers – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. When you look across the New York City skyline, you might notice the thousands of wooden water towers that line the tops of the buildings. Cheddar Explains why there are so many water tanks and why they are still wooden. Further reading: NYC.gov http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwater/html/drinking/history.shtml Smithsonian https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-city-found-clean-water-180973571/ NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/realestate/how-new-york-water-tanks-work.html WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-maestros-behind-the-iconic-nyc-water-towers-1509458400 Special thanks to…

How Winning An Oscar Became About Money – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Winning an Oscar isn’t just about making a good movie. Studios, actors, and marketing firms run expensive campaigns for months prior to the big night. Here’s what it really takes to bring home an Academy Award. Vox https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/2/21/18229512/oscar-campaigns-for-your-consideration-events-narratives-weinstein Vulture https://www.vulture.com/2014/01/miramax-oscar-campaigns-harvey-weinstein-timeline.html Variety https://variety.com/2019/biz/awards/oscar-campaign-spending-1203113199/ Slate https://slate.com/culture/2014/01/oscar-bait-study-ucla-social-scientist-study-keywords-and-other-factors-for-academy-award-nominations.html Oscars https://www.oscars.org/oscars/regulations-concerning-promotion-films-eligible-87th-academy-awards Subscribe to Cheddar on YouTube: http://chdr.tv/subscribe Connect…

The Downfall Of The Convertible Car – Cheddar Examines

From Cheddar. The convertible has been an icon since the beginning of the automobile era. But in recent years, sales have declined drastically. We explain why the drop top is disappearing from roads. Further reading: 1. IHS Markit (via Automotive News) https://www.autonews.com/article/20170103/BLOG06/301049999/why-the-convertible-will-survive-but-not-the-way-you-think 2. Jalopnik https://jalopnik.com/for-the-convertible-top-its-history-is-more-up-and-dow-1768156202 3. NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/18/automobiles/collectibles/18CONVERT.html 4. Old Cars Weekly https://www.oldcarsweekly.com/collector-cars/1982_chrysler_lebaron_convertible 5.…

Will A Quarantine Prevent The Spread Of Coronavirus? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Efforts to combat coronavirus are underway in China. In attempt to limit the spread of the disease, a travel ban in Wuhan and the surrounding areas affecting 50 million people has been put into place. But are quarantines like this one effective? Further reading: https://outline.com/hXPHRt https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/travel/Coronavirus-travel.html https://www.vox.com/2020/1/31/21113178/what-is-coronavirus-symptoms-travel-china-map Subscribe to Cheddar on YouTube: http://chdr.tv/subscribe…

How the U.S. Military Influences Hollywood – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. The Department of Defense has a widespread influence on Hollywood, from hardcore action films to comedies like Pitch Perfect 3. Turn’s out, it’s actually a century old practice. But just how involved is Washington? Further reading: Department of Defense Live https://www.dodlive.mil/2018/02/28/how-why-the-defense-department-works-with-hollywood/ Encyclopædia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/art/history-of-the-motion-picture/The-war-years-and-post-World-War-II-trends#ref508161 US Department of Defense Archive https://archive.defense.gov/faq/pis/PC12FILM.aspx New York Public…

Will A Mask Really Protect You From Coronavirus? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. What exactly is coronavirus, and what’s the best way to protect yourself? We checked in with Dr. Amesh Adalja to ask if surgical masks really keep you healthy, and what you should do instead. Subscribe to Cheddar on YouTube: http://chdr.tv/subscribe Connect with Cheddar! On Facebook: http://chdr.tv/facebook On Twitter: http://chdr.tv/twitter On Instagram: http://chdr.tv/instagram On…

How A Drone Strike Works – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. The U.S. has become dependent on drones to monitor and target perceived threats. They may keep military officials out of the line of fire, but these unmanned aircraft aren’t as autonomous as they seem. How much do you really know about how a drone strike works? Further reading: NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/world/middleeast/qassem-soleimani-iraq-iran-attack.html The Intercept https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/a-visual-glossary/…

Why Ski Resorts Are Dying – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Skiing is the quintessential winter pastime. But recently, the multi-billion dollar industry is in decline. The number of skiers is falling fast and the industry is scrambling to make up the difference. Is this going to be the end of the ski resort? Further reading: 1: Skiing History https://www.skiinghistory.org/news/impact-soaring-season-pass-sales-ski-and-snowboard-participation-rates 2: The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/02/falling-popularity-downhill-skiing/357940/…

Why Presidential Speeches Are Getting “Dumber”

From Cheddar. The reading levels of American presidential speeches have been on a steady decline since the 1920’s. The answer has less to do with the president and more to do with who they are speaking to. Further reading: 1: The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/10/have-presidential-speeches-gotten-less-sophisticated-over-time/381410/ 2: Readability Formula https://readabilityformulas.com/freetests/six-readability-formulas.php 3: Towards Data Science https://towardsdatascience.com/a-quick-dip-in-presidential-rhetoric-or-a-permanent-plunge-fda7f3cc2625 4: Brown University…

Why All Films Have This Disclaimer

From Cheddar. Nearly all films have this disclaimer: "This is a work of fiction. any similarities to persons living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental." You’ve seen it many times, but you’ve probably never considered why it was there. Cheddar explains the surprising and unexpected history and reasoning behind this disclaimer. Further reading:…

Why TVs Have Become So Inexpensive

From Cheddar. TV prices have hit all time lows. Why is that? Well, TV companies have found another revenue stream. Further reading: 1. Wired https://www.wired.com/2011/04/st-infoporn-lcds/ 2. The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/7/18172397/airplay-2-homekit-vizio-tv-bill-baxter-interview-vergecast-ces-2019 3. NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/25/business/yourmoney/25TELE.html 4. eMarketer https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-many-households-own-a-smart-tv CNBC https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/09/if-you-have-a-smart-tv-take-a-closer-look-at-your-privacy-settings.html Northeastern University https://cssh.northeastern.edu/informationethics/2019/09/24/your-smart-tv-is-talking-to-netflix-about-you-behind-your-back/ Subscribe to Cheddar on YouTube: http://chdr.tv/subscribe Connect with Cheddar! On Facebook: http://chdr.tv/facebook On Twitter: http://chdr.tv/twitter…