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Have you ever wondered what causes that post-rain aroma (it’s called petrichor) or how often your car actually needs an oil change? HowStuffWorks answers these questions and explains the curiosities of our world, delving into everything from cyber security and housecleaning tips to the physics of black holes and the history of slang. We provide factual, unbiased content that’s fun to read — seriously, check out the world’s ugliest animal and tell us you didn’t at least crack a smile when you found out why blobfish are so ... blobby.

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