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…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Happens To Unsold Halloween Pumpkins?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Happens To Unsold Halloween Pumpkins?

Now that the spooky season is officially over, the public’s demand for pumpkins plummets. And that means all those displays you’ve seen at area grocery stores & farms become economically (and literally) rotten. So, what happens to unsold pumpkins once Halloween is over? Some pumpkin farms use their unsold inventory as compost to increase soil…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Long Can You Safely Keep Halloween Candy?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Long Can You Safely Keep Halloween Candy?

Whether you’ll be trick-or-treating tonight or buying discounted candy you’re your nearest drugstore tomorrow, Halloween is the season to go nuts when it comes to consuming sweet treats. I know it can be tempting to burn through your Halloween bag in one fell swoop, but if you exercise patience with your haul of Twix &…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Are Port-o-Potties Cleaned?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Are Port-o-Potties Cleaned?

I took my daughter to Hersheypark last night for their “Dark Nights” Halloween event, when, out of the blue, she pointed at some port-o-potties & asked: “How do they clean those things?” As unexpected as the question was, it was totally valid. How DO they clean those things? I mean, disinfecting port-o-johns can’t be as…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is There A Difference Between “British” & “English”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is There A Difference Between “British” & “English”?

Here in America (or “the colonies”, as our relatives across the pond once called it), it’s not out of the ordinary for folks to use the terms “British” & “English” interchangeably when talking about anything related to the empire that gave us such prized gems as William Shakespeare, The Mini (both Skirt & Car), and…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Origin of “Roger”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Origin of “Roger”

You’ve probably heard the term “Roger that”. It’s a widespread way of providing confirmation, whether that be between truckers on their CB radios, kids playing with walkie-talkies, or even folks talking face to face. But while it’s easy to use the phrase & understand what it means, have you ever wondered where it came from?…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s That Tiny Pocket On Your Jeans Really For?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s That Tiny Pocket On Your Jeans Really For?

When it comes to the clothes that we wear, some of their details are so small-yet-ubiquitous that we may overlook or take them for granted. And one of those tiny-yet-commonplace details is that tiny little pocket on your blue jeans. To most people, they’ve always been there so you probably don’t question their existence. But…