MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Correct Way To Pronounce “February”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Correct Way To Pronounce “February”?

Now that the 2nd month of the year is almost over, let’s address a common issue:  just how is the month we’re in supposed to be pronounced? Here in the US, the most common pronunciation of the word is “FEB-yoo-air-ee.” Both The Merriam-Webster Dictionary & The American Heritage Dictionary consider the common pronunciation correct, along…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES:  Why Are They Called “Bobby Pins”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are They Called “Bobby Pins”?

When someone needs to keep their hair in place (or they need to try & pick a lock at the spur of the moment), they’ll often reach for a bobby pin. But why are they called bobby pins in the first place? Did someone named Bobby have anything to do with their creation? Well, no…not…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Dogs All Seem To Have Brown Eyes

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Dogs All Seem To Have Brown Eyes

Light eyes aren’t common in domestic canines. A dog with piercing blue eyes might be described as strikingly beautiful (or sometimes even unsettling). Rarely do we call their eye color cute, though, and apparently past generations of dog breeders agreed. And new research suggests we may have selectively bred dogs to have darker eyes to…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Disc Vs. Disk…What’s The Difference?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Disc Vs. Disk…What’s The Difference?

People may not burn their favorite music onto Compact Discs anymore, but one thing’s for sure: discs will always be a thing. But how is it supposed to be spelled?  Is it “disc” or “disk”? A “disc” can be any round, flat object. But…so can a “disk”. So, how exactly are you supposed to know…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Is January 1 The Start Of The New Year?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Is January 1 The Start Of The New Year?

It may be just a date on the calendar to a lot of folks, but have you ever stopped to wonder: why is January 1 when we mark the beginning of a new year? As with most things, it all goes back to the Romans. The Romans had a deity named Janus, god of doors…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Ring In The New Year”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Ring In The New Year”?

Whenever people start talking about “ringing in the New Year”, you’ll usually hear them talk about doing so with things like a kiss, a toast, a New Year’s resolution, a movie marathon, or an entire dozen donuts all to themselves. But when you think about it…none of those things ring, do they?  So, why do…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Eggnog”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Eggnog”?

You probably had eggnog over Christmas. (Heck, you probably still have some eggnog leftover in your fridge right now).  But while it’s definitely delicious, why is it called “eggnog”? The “egg” part doesn’t really need an explanation, does it? Eggs are the foundation of eggnog, with their yolks usually being combined with other elements like…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Are Frankincense & Myrrh?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Are Frankincense & Myrrh?

Pretty much everybody knows the story of Jesus Christ’s birth, right? Born in a manger, visited by three wise men or “Magi” / “kings” from the East or Orient who arrived bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And while pretty much everyone knows what gold is, the other two are less well-known. So, what…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Horseshoes Considered Lucky?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Horseshoes Considered Lucky?

There may not be a good luck charm as well-known as the horseshoe. You see them hanging over entrances to homes & barns, depicted on clothing (like the “Lucky” brand), in jewelry, as well as in that magically delicious cereal. But why is the horseshoe considered a symbol of luck? One of the earliest mentions…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Black Friday”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Call It “Black Friday”?

Once folks regained consciousness following their turkey coma on the day after Thanksgiving, a large majority of them did what so many red-blooded Americans have done through the years: they went shopping. Last year alone, shoppers spent a record $9.12 billion just in online shopping on “Black Friday”, with that single day bolstering the bottom…