Tag Archives: Mundane Mysteries

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: A Chip On Your Shoulder

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: A Chip On Your Shoulder

Have you ever been told “you have a chip on your shoulder”? What does that even mean? And what kind of chip are we talking about? From what we now understand about having a chip on your shoulder, you know that it can motivate you to be better, learn from mistakes, or reach goals, even…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Pneumonia Vs. Walking Pneumonia

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Pneumonia Vs. Walking Pneumonia

No one ever wants to hear their doctor say “you have pneumonia”. Because, even though it’s a highly treatable lung infection, it’s still contagious & makes you feel terrible. Plus, it’s possible that it could become potentially life-threatening. Some people attempt to minimize a pneumonia diagnosis by telling others they just have a case of…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: We Eat Chicken Eggs…Why Not Turkey Eggs?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: We Eat Chicken Eggs…Why Not Turkey Eggs?

When you think Thanksgiving, you usually think…turkey. Turkey is the 4th favorite meat in America, while chicken is #1. We eat both chicken meat AND chicken eggs, right? So why don’t we eat Turkey eggs? Why are turkey eggs never available at grocery stores or specialty markets? It really doesn’t have anything to do with…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Hopefully you had a big, delicious Thanksgiving this year! But did you have a hard time staying awake after lunch? Most people did, and almost everyone blames tryptophan. But is tryptophan really the main culprit? What even is tryptophan, anyway? Tryptophan is an amino acid that our bodies use to help make both vitamin B3…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Talkin’ Turkey

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Talkin’ Turkey

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I felt it would be helpful to answer a few “Mundane Mysteries” about preparing your turkey for the big day. With a little help from the good folks at Butterball, who handle tens of thousands of calls to its Thanksgiving hotline every year, here are the answers to…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Vaccination & Immunization

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Vaccination & Immunization

First, let me say that I am in no way a doctor or any other type of medical professional. I’m just a wordsmith who enjoys knowing where the language we use comes from & what it all means. Please direct any actual medical questions you may have to your healthcare provider. With that said… Over…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Veterans Day & Memorial Day

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: The Difference Between Veterans Day & Memorial Day

Do you know the real difference between Memorial Day & Veterans Day? The Department of Veterans Affairs encountered enough confusion that they dedicated an entire section on their website to explain the difference between the two similar, though very different, holidays. Memorial Day & Veterans Day are observed about 6 months apart: Veterans Day every…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Liquors Called “Spirits”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Liquors Called “Spirits”?

Ever wondered, while sitting at a bar or enjoying an adult beverage at home, why liquors are called “spirits”? I mean, sure…the way people act after a few shots of vodka may make it seem like they’ve been possessed by a ghost or demon. But is that the reason some refer to gin, tequila, whiskey,…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Observe Daylight Savings Time?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Observe Daylight Savings Time?

Whether it’s “Springing Forward” or “Falling Back”, you’ve probably wondered at one point or another, “What even is Daylight Saving Time? And why does it exist?” Founding father Benjamin Franklin was actually the first to suggest DST, back in 1784, as a money-saving ploy in one of his satirical essays. But, while Franklin was mostly…Read More