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Everyday Innovations

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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How Porta-Potties Work

Portable bathrooms go by many names: porta-potty, porta-john, jiffy-john and porta-loo. Find out how porta-potties work and how they are cleaned. See more »

How do fireworks explode in specific shapes?

Fireworks come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, but how exactly do designers make that happen? Find out at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is glass really a liquid?

Is glass really a liquid? Find out whether glass is a liquid, solid or something else at HowStuffWorks. See more »

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

Who invented the spork?

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

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?

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

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

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 »