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.…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Stores Sell Halloween Candy So Early

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Stores Sell Halloween Candy So Early

The first sign of fall isn’t always colorful leaves or a nip in the air. No, the first sign of fall nowadays is seeing fun-sized candies in black-and-orange wrappers going on sale in stores, up to a month before their holiday’s actual start date. Why do stores start selling Halloween candy so far ahead of…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Does Febreze Work?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Does Febreze Work?

Funky smells are everywhere around us, from rough body odor to whatever your pet might’ve gotten into & tracked into your house. And rather than wait for the smell to fade on its own, some people reach for products like Febreze to neutralize the odors. But does that actually get rid of the smell, or…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Your Steering Wheel Feels Sticky

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Your Steering Wheel Feels Sticky

Leaving work, you might not have paid too much attention to your usual routine: you sit down in your car, turn on the radio to WFRE, adjust the AC, drop your wallet into that aggravating space between the seat & the center console, curse, dig out your wallet, then prepare to drive off. One thing…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Debunking Beer Myths On International Beer Day

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Debunking Beer Myths On International Beer Day

For International Beer Day (8/05/22), let’s celebrate by debunking four of the biggest myths about beer: 1.  Drinking a lot of beer gives you a beer belly. Beer on its own doesn’t cause a belly.  It’s a combination of too many calories in general & a sedentary lifestyle.  2.  Dark beers are stronger than light…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Butter Really Need To Be Refrigerated?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Butter Really Need To Be Refrigerated?

My ex-wife’s uncle always left his butter out on the kitchen table. I never understood that! (He also left his mayonnaise out on the table, too, but…well, one issue at a time.) The butter on the table always bothered me because…well, room temperature butter would be kind of risky, health-wise, right? I mean, shouldn’t butter…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Difference Between Black Pepper & White Pepper?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s The Difference Between Black Pepper & White Pepper?

Black pepper can be found on just about every table in both homes & restaurants…but did you know that that pepper shaker is hiding a secret? What we call “pepper” isn’t actually from a pepper, nor is it actually black (at least, not in its natural state). And that’s just black pepper. Could the same…