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Have you ever wondered how black lights, or mirrors work? This collection of articles will explain the workings of some of the most common inventions and innovations you come into contact with everyday.

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Who invented the safety pin?

It holds together straps, serves as a makeshift button or body art and even dresses up nicely as a friendship pin. Who do we have to thank for this simple wire workhorse?


How Elastic Works

How Elastic Works

Elastic holds your Skivvies up, secures your ponytail and generally keeps us outfitted in stretchy comfort. Learn more about the elastic fantastic. See more »

Who invented sports drinks?

Who invented sports drinks?

Who invented the first sports drink? Learn more about sports drinks at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Who invented the spork?

Who invented the spork?

Who invented the spork? Find out who invented the spork at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Paper Shredders Work

How Paper Shredders Work

Paper shredders have an extraordinary history featuring the likes of Oliver North, Enron and various spies. Learn more about paper shredders. See more »

Who invented MP3s?

Who invented MP3s?

MP3s are common files for anyone who listens to digital music. Learn about how this technology was born. See more »

How do erasers erase?

How do erasers erase?

Erasers become part of your life as soon as you learn to write. Learn how erasers and friction pull pencil marks off of paper. See more »

How Adhesive Tape Works

How Adhesive Tape Works

Adhesive tape is neater and easier to use than glue and paper. Learn more about how adhesive tape sticks, rolls and peels away at HowStuffWorks. 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. Learn all about stethoscopes here. See more »

Who invented the sleeper sofa?

Who invented the sleeper sofa?

Ever wondered who invented the sleeper sofa? Check out the long, illustrious history of the sleep sofa invention. See more »

Who invented the revolving door?

Who invented the revolving door?

Who invented the revolving door? Find out here and if the rumor is true that the revolving door inventor didn't want to hold a door open for anyone. See more »