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Posted by u/trammeloratreasure
ELI5: Why does transparent plastic become opaque when it breaks?
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Posted by u/TheGreatFever
ELI5: Why does the oxygen level in the air doesn't change dramatically, when most of the trees shed their leaves in the winter?
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Posted by u/Neyeon
ELI5: How does the human body differentiate between abrasions and cuts or stretch marks? And if the body sees them similarly, why do they heal differently?
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Posted by u/unhinged-redacted
ELI5: How does those heat packs with a tiny metal disc inside work?
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Posted by u/Doctor-Sneaki
ELI5: How are songs remastered?
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Posted by u/LVL100Stoner
ELI5: Is the solar system rotating on the same horizontal level or are they rotating in different positions in a 3D sphere around the sun?
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Posted by u/Devmode2
ELI5: How do they know what chemicals your brain is producing in response to certain stimuli when it should involve opening your head to watch it?
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Posted by u/somefakeassbullspit
Eli5: how do spaceships have propulsion in a vacume with nothing to thrust against?
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Posted by u/JarJarAwakens
ELI5: How are cosmetics and skincare products tested for safety if they don't use animal testing?
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Posted by u/pokapow
ELI5: Why do we associate mint with “cold” and pepper with “hot”?
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Posted by u/Nerdlinger-Thrillho
Eli5: Who are you selling stocks to when you sell? How is it so easy to just dump a stock when you see it falling?
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Posted by u/Nazamroth
ELI5: What does cooking in oil make potato stiff and crunchy, but cooking in water just makes it soft and floppy?
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Posted by u/TheUmbilicalCord
ELI5: Why does water go gluglugglug when we pour it too fast? Will it take a shorter time to empty the container if we pour a bit slower?
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Posted by u/allend66
ELI5: Why do you go light-headed when you take in a really deep breath, or get up too quickly?
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Posted by u/rabbitasshole
ELI5: What's preventing temperature across the globe to reach an equilibrium since air flows freely?
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Posted by u/Isaachwells
ELI5: How does the weak nuclear force/interaction work?
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Posted by u/thetoppestofkek
ELI5: How did the first ever living creatures start, how can life start from nothing?
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Posted by u/fjgwey
ELI5: Why are there multiple different formulas for the same chemical/substance?
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Posted by u/the_Cart00n_theorist
ELI5: How do stocks work and how do you make a profit off of it??
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Posted by u/kimbap
ELI5: Why do whales not get cancer?
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Posted by u/evilchuck2112
ELI5: What is Bullwhip Effect?
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Posted by u/Viratkhan2
ELI5: What does it mean if the short interest is 140% of the float? Like how is that even possible?
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Posted by u/TCNW
ELI5 - How do birds survive in the winter??
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Posted by u/RobinThomass
eli5 How and when did the republican and Democratic Parties basically switched place regarding a minority rights
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Posted by u/dennyCranne72
ELI5: How can certain liquids we drink, like coffee, soda, and alcohol, dehydrate us? Aren’t they all mostly water? Shouldn’t they hydrate us instead?
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Posted by u/co1063
ELI5: Why do your hands feel numb while warming up after being exposed to bitter cold?
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Posted by u/jack_of_AllTrades-97
ELI5: How can few tolerate spicy food better than others?
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Posted by u/EthiopianBrotha
ELI5: what is a reverse split and how does it benefit/-effect a stock?
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Posted by u/missodinson
ELI5: If our planet is rotating and shooting through space, why do we see stars as dots of light instead of blurred lines across the sky?
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Posted by u/evansfeel
Eli5 How do two switches for one lightbulb work?
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Posted by u/howwaseverynametaken
ELI5: Why do some nuclear detonations leave craters, and others don’t?
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Posted by u/Nf1087
Eli5: Why is it tolerable for humans to eat sushi and prepare red meat rare but it is not recommended to eat chicken raw?
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Posted by u/muffinyipps13
Eli5; Why do halogen lights get burning hot but LEDS don't get hot at all?
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Posted by u/gwen-gwen
ELI5: Why do unhealthy foods like junk foods taste delicious and addicting while healthy foods like vegetables dont?
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Posted by u/TP348
eli5: How does wireless headphones connect?
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Posted by u/AndreSaysHello
eli5 Is there a boat equivalent to Airliners?
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Posted by u/InsideTheRyde
Eli5: No matter how many times I wash my old jumper, it still smells “old”, why is that?
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Posted by u/vanotterlo
ELI5: How do heat and melting work?
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Posted by u/evansfeel
Eli5 why can’t iodine dissolve in muriatic acid very well unless you add sodium hydroxide?
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Posted by u/uttammaurya7
Eli5: Why are all the machines that are sent to space built in Clean rooms?
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Posted by u/Jakoin
ELI5: Why is the Falabella considered a horse and not a pony despite it's small size?
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Posted by u/lestatisalive
ELI5: from earth, we can see stars. From the ISS live stream, we cannot see the stars. How come?
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Posted by u/hihomybro
ELI5: How can you wash germs and dirt off your hands but not some smells?
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Posted by u/BUCKFUDDERSANONYMOUS
ELI5: What the notion, “The fight against ape hood is fate versus free will”, means?
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Posted by u/RightRespect
ELI5: How does energy change form?
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Posted by u/dm7b5isbi
ELI5: why are there so many ads asking ordinary people to claim money (insurance fraud liability)?
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Posted by u/Spicy-Samich
ELI5: Why do contacting metals create sparks?
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Posted by u/uninterested_tbh
ELI5: When a computer freezes, why are we able to move the cursor around freely while everything else is frozen?
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Posted by u/GamingPurification
ELI5: What is happening in your body when you eat something that makes you feel sick, but not enough to actually vomit?
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Posted by u/Anig_o
ELI5: How come when you puke from food poisoning from bad food you'll avoid that food (even if you know it's not bad) for a long, long time but when you throw up from alcohol it's usually only a couple of days before you're willing to try again?
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