Category Archives: Free Country Free Ride

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why People Are Seemingly Immune To Their Body Odor

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why People Are Seemingly Immune To Their Body Odor

How is that so many otherwise sensitive people expose others to their less-than-stellar body odor? I mean, surely they have to know that they, or their clothes, aren’t up to snuff, right? Right? Compared to most animals, humans don’t have an acutely developed sense of smell. The human olfactory nerve easily becomes fatigued in areas…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why “Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why “Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear”

Anyone who’s ever driven a car has seen the little warning on basically every passenger-side mirror: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” But, why can’t objects be displayed accurately in those mirrors? It’s actually a careful design choice made with safety in mind. The way we see things depends on how light reflects…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Are Those Big Red Balls At Target For?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Are Those Big Red Balls At Target For?

Target’s got some of the strongest brand recognition going in the retail world. Their name is reinforced by their red & white logo (literally a target), which also happens to be painted around the eye of their mascot, a Bull Terrier named (appropriately enough) “Bullseye”. So, it would seem like those giant red concrete spheres…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Delicious Food Make Your Mouth Water?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Delicious Food Make Your Mouth Water?

Imagine: you’ve just removed a luscious bundt cake out of the oven & placed it on a cooling rack. Slowly but surely, your kitchen fills with the distinctive, diet-smashing aroma of baked vanilla, and your mouth fills with watery saliva. Why does that happen? Why do our mouths water at the sight/thought of, well, “mouth-watering”…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Shirt Loops

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Shirt Loops

What’s the deal with that odd loop on the back of a button-down shirt? The loop, seen on many dress shirts for both men & women, is a small piece of fabric typically between the shoulder blades, where the upper back of the shirt meets the pleat. While it’s great for annoying someone when you…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Cement Vs. Concrete

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Cement Vs. Concrete

We walk on sidewalks all the time, so much so that we usually don’t ever think about the stuff we’re stepping on: the rigid, smooth, gray hard stuff under our feet. But, have you ever stopped to wonder what the proper name for that stuff is? Is it concrete, or is it cement? And, what’s…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Make New Year’s Resolutions?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Make New Year’s Resolutions?

In the past 2 days, I’ve heard 4 different people say, “Welp…I’ve already blown my New Year’s resolution!” Which got me thinking: why do we make these sweeping annual promises to ourselves? Where did this tradition come from? And why does this tradition continue when so many people fail? Well, to start, we have the…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Let The Cat Out Of The Bag”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We “Let The Cat Out Of The Bag”?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Whoops, I let the cat out of the bag” when someone accidentally reveals a secret. But where did that phrase come from? And who put that cat in a bag to begin with? The phrase’s first documented usage was in a book review in The London Magazine back in 1760:…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Our Spouse’s Family Called “In-Laws”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Our Spouse’s Family Called “In-Laws”?

The other day, as I was trying to describe to someone the difference between my current & past mothers-in-law, I began to wonder: “why do we call our spouse’s relatives ‘in-laws’ in the first place?” It’d be easy to assume that it’s because your spouse’s family members are related to you by law, not by…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Altitude Affect Your Baking?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Altitude Affect Your Baking?

While you might be proficient in the kitchen, you could potentially find yourself with a deflated cake or bone-dry brownies if you happen to go bake in Aspen, CO. Because an oven at high altitude can, very often, wreak havoc on your baked goods? But, why does altitude affect baking? It boils down to air…Read More