Category Archives: Free Country Free Ride

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Lawyers Vs. Attorneys…Is There A Difference?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Lawyers Vs. Attorneys…Is There A Difference?

Since they’ve been in the news a lot lately, have you ever wondered if there’s actually a difference between an attorney & a lawyer? As a general rule, the terms lawyer & attorney are pretty much interchangeable. Originally, the term “lawyer” was used generally for any person who’d been trained in the law. Some of…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Purpose Do Wisdom Teeth Serve?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Purpose Do Wisdom Teeth Serve?

While not everyone has them, chances are that you or someone you know has had the unfortunate experience of having to have wisdom teeth removed. For some, it’s not a difficult experience. For others, like yours truly, it’s one of the worst things they’ve ever been through. But the question comes up: why, if we…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why We Give Chocolate On Valentine’s Day

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why We Give Chocolate On Valentine’s Day

Try going into any retail store right now & not seeing pink & red boxes of chocolate on display on almost every aisle. You couldn’t do it! Because chocolate’s become one of the standard Valentine’s Day gifts, alongside flowers & jewelry. But chocolate didn’t develop its romantic reputation overnight. It took centuries of Mayans, myths,…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why QBs Say “Hut” & “Hike”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why QBs Say “Hut” & “Hike”

Have you ever been watching a football game & wondered why the quarterback yells “hut” or “hike” just before starting a play? “Hut” descends from the military. In the service, “hut” often replaces a syllable in a word to make it sharper & more distinct. Think about a drill sergeant screaming “atten-hut!” at cadets. It…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: 4-Wheel Drive Vs. All-Wheel Drive

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: 4-Wheel Drive Vs. All-Wheel Drive

With the weather we’ve had lately, you may be thinking more about your car’s ability to get up & down snowy, icy, or muddy roads. And, while you might know that 2-wheel drive isn’t the best option for driving in harsh weather, some other terms may be more confusing. Such as, all-wheel drive versus 4-wheel…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between A Snowstorm & A Blizzard

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between A Snowstorm & A Blizzard

As we’re being besieged by a winter storm, heaving shovelfuls of snow can give a person time to think. And, as I was digging my vehicle’s way out of the current white apocalypse, I wondered what, exactly, I was battling. Is this a snowstorm, or a blizzard? And, what’s the difference between them? A snowstorm…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How/Why We “Fall Off The Wagon”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How/Why We “Fall Off The Wagon”

Certain phrases don’t really need an explanation. If someone says you’re “playing with fire,” then you’re probably doing something reckless that could earn you some rough consequences. “Dropping your guard”? That’s lowering your defenses. But, what does “falling off the wagon” have to do with excessive alcohol consumption? Is it about losing your balance when…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Buzzards & Vultures

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Buzzards & Vultures

You know those odd-looking birds that circle above lost cartoon characters & skulk along the roadside after an unfortunate car-meets-wildlife incident? What are those bald-headed birds of prey called? Vultures, or buzzards? While they may be synonymous here in America, in other parts of the world, buzzards & vultures are actually two different kinds of…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Cats Love To Sit On Computer Keyboards

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Cats Love To Sit On Computer Keyboards

If you’ve been working from home, or have ever used a computer at your place, then you probably know that computer keyboards are prime real estate in the eyes of pretty much every cat. They’ll frequently bypass their comfy cat bed over in the corner & just sprawl right out across your laptop. But why?…Read More