MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is Giving Tuesday?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is Giving Tuesday?

Today (11/29/22) is “Giving Tuesday”! And while a recent poll found 93% of us think of ourselves as generous. So, today seems like the day to get out there & prove it. But what even IS “Giving Tuesday”? “Giving Tuesday” is a day when you’re encouraged to donate & volunteer.  It’s always held on the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What If You’re Still In Line To Vote When The Polls Close?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What If You’re Still In Line To Vote When The Polls Close?

It’s impressive just how many early voters have already cast their ballots ahead of the midterm elections. I mean, records have already been broken in several states for this election. But tomorrow, November 8th, is the actual big day…the grand finale…Election Day! And while the higher-than-usual voter turnout is encouraging evidence of democracy in action,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is “New Car Smell” Really?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is “New Car Smell” Really?

If you’re anything like me, the smell of a new car is amazing…alluringly appealing, as I like to say. You might not be able to put your finger on exactly what that smell is, but it’s just excitingly enticing. But what is “new car smell” really? And what makes it so distinct that air fresheners…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do Students Give Apples To The Teacher?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do Students Give Apples To The Teacher?

With school in-session & students back in the classroom, if you were to ask any teacher what he or she needs to feel appreciated, apples probably wouldn’t be high up on the list. In spite of that, we still associate educators with apples. It’s part of their unofficial logo. Just look at any back-to-school commercial…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Blowing On Hot Foods Or Drinks Really Cool Them Off?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Blowing On Hot Foods Or Drinks Really Cool Them Off?

Nothing ruins a good meal like immediately burning the roof of your mouth with too-hot food. But what is “too-hot”? Well, drinking beverages or eating foods at anywhere above 110°F runs the risk of irritating your mouth, but consuming anything at 160 degrees or hotter usually equals an immediate burn. Now, while no one can…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

I’ve never known anyone who enjoys getting tickled. But I know plenty of people, my wife included, who love to tickle others (namely me). But have you ever wondered why you can’t tickle yourself? Well, much to the dismay of fun-loving masochists everywhere, the human brain is wired against self-tickling. Because the brain controls movement,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles?

My birthday is coming, so I’m getting ready to blow out a lot of birthday candles on my funfetti cake. (Hey, I may be getting old but I’m still a kid at heart). But the question arises: why do we even put candles on a cake & blow them out to celebrate our birthday? I…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is “The Waffle House Index”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Is “The Waffle House Index”?

On Wednesday (Sept. 28), Hurricane Ian pounded Florida’s western coast. Streets flooded…houses were swept away…Waffle Houses closed. But why do Waffle Houses matter amidst all of this? Well, because of “The Waffle House Index”! What is “The Waffle House Index”? I’m glad you asked! FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has loads of tools &…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Fall/Autumn Have Two Names?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Does Fall/Autumn Have Two Names?

Yesterday marked the start of a new season. But which one? Was it the beginning of Fall? Or the start of Autumn? Which is correct (or, at worst, most correct)? What you call the season we’re now in actually depends on where in the world you’re from and/or whom you ask. In The United Kingdom,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Chip Bags Have So Much Air In Them

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Chip Bags Have So Much Air In Them

One of the most disappointing things in the world is to rip into a bag of chips only to find an empty air pocket where your snack should be. Why does it always seem like chip bags are half empty? Well, there’s actually a reason that that extra space is left open in the package.…