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Do special interest groups hurt candidates?

Some special interest groups exist solely to level negative attacks at political candidates. How do these groups work? And can they be stopped?

How Greenwashing Works

Corporations, businesses and even governments spend a lot of money to make themselves appear greener in the public eye. But when environmental claims are false or deceptive, it's considered greenwashing. How do you spot the six sins of greenwashing?

How Interest Rates Work

Interest rates are simply the cost of borrowing money. Without them, lenders would have no reason to let you borrow money.

How Eminent Domain Works

How can the government just take over and destroy property and buildings? And why do we let them? It's called eminent domain — and it's in the Constitution.

How the Five Day Weekend Works

The Five Day Weekend began as a clever marketing campaign to drive tourism. But some people like the idea and want to make it a law.

How Homelessness Works

Who are the homeless? What are the effects of homelessness on society at large? And what can we all do to help? These are a few questions explored in this article.

How Campaign Finance Works

Presidential candidates could raise as much as a billion dollars for the 2012 election. Where does this money come from -- and where does it all go?

How Greenpeace Works

With its fleet of ships in tow, Greenpeace uses nonviolent tactics to bring attention to environmental abuse. How did Greenpeace start, and what does its name mean?

Would you pay $55 for bottled water?

What do you pay for bottled water? A buck or two? How about $55? Bling h2o, deemed "designer water" by its founder, has become a new fashion accessory.

10 Outrageous Lawsuits

Some folks go to court about things that make most of us shake our heads. For example, consider the man who sued himself for $5 million. Can it get more outrageous?

12 WPA Projects that Still Exist

WPA projects spanned from New York to California, and many still exist today. Find out about 12 WPA projects that can still be found, including Doubleday Field and Camp David.

Daily U.S. Consumption for 12 Items

America buys goods at a high rate, so it's no wonder the U.S. is considered 'the land of plenty.' Read about the daily U.S. consumption for 12 items, including denim jeans and movie tickets.

10 Largest Foundations in the World

Some wealthy people do more with their money than just buy more things. Some people set up foundations to provide aid to notable causes. Learn who's funding 10 of the largest foundations in the world.

Grocery Store Prices for 14 Items in 1957

Times have changed and so has the price of groceries. Gas was roughly 27 cents a gallon in 1957, so how much less did items cost at the grocery store? Check out this list of grocery store prices for 14 items in 1957, including ground beef, butter, and mil

14 of the New Deals Alphabet Agencies

The government's Alphabet Agencies were created during the Great Depression to relieve the economic tensions. Learn about these Alphabet Agencies, including the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

How Freegans Work

Freegans live off the grid, refusing to buy, work or rent. How do they do it? Dumpster diving. Why do they do it? That's a little more complicated.

How the NASDAQ MarketSite Works

The NASDAQ MarketSite broadcast studio is an amazing facility that can host dozens of reporters simultaneously and send direct feeds out to all of their separate news organizations. Learn about the technology behind the NASDAQ MarketSite.

How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works

The NASDAQ display in NYC's Times Square is impossible to miss. It's the largest continuous sign on the square and takes up almost 9,000 square feet of display space -- about a quarter of an acre.


Find out what a NASDAQ IPO is and see cool videos from a recent HowStuffWorks trip to this Wall Street wonder.

How the NASDAQ Stock Exchange Works

The NASDAQ stock exchange, also known simply as the NASDAQ, is the place where people go to buy and sell shares of stock. How does this bustling business center work?

How Electronic Trading Works

Millions of people trade billions of shares of stock every day on a collection of computer systems that are incredibly reliable and, very nearly, inerrant. Learn about the complex world of electronic trading.

How NASDAQ's Opening and Closing Cross Works

The opening cross is NASDAQ’s current technique for setting opening prices. Learn about NASDAQ's opening and closing cross.

Would a fat tax save lives?

Proponents of a "fat tax" claim it would help combat obesity. Are they right, or would we still buy just as much junk food as before?

How the Peace Corps Works

The Peace Corps provides foreign aid to developing nations in the form of expertise, education and training. Learn what the Peace Corps does, how you can join and where it might take you.

Do Something Spotlight: Augusta DeLisi and Augies Doggies Rescue

Augusta DeLisi rescued her first dogs when she was 12 years old. She started Augies Doggies Rescue with the goal of saving as many dogs as possible. Now in high school, she has big dreams for her organization's future.