Proposal: How Stuff Works?

The phrase "How Stuff Works?" grates at me, in short because because, as the joke goes, it no verb.

Can this be renamed to "How Does Stuff Work?" or "How Stuff Works" (with no question mark at the end)? Or, does someone have a better suggestion?

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But it fits nicely in a sentence!

For example:

  • "Have you seen 'How Stuff Works'?"
  • "This is 'How Stuff Works'."

The question "Have you seen 'How Does Stuff Work'?" and the statement "This is 'How Does Stuff Work'" just don't roll off the tongue the same way. It does look like the question mark was removed though.

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    I'm fine with just dropping the question mark. (Note that this has been done -- at the time I asked the question, the proposal was for "How Stuff Works?", including the question mark.)
    – mattdm
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 21:20

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