MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Cross Our Fingers For Good Luck?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do We Cross Our Fingers For Good Luck?

With the heat wave currently hitting us, you’ve probably to someone (or several someones), “Fingers crossed it doesn’t get any hotter!” But why do we do that? Why do we cross our fingers for luck? Crossing fingers, whether to achieve your own good luck or in hopeful solidarity that things go well for someone else,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Should Ever Rinse Raw Chicken?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Should Ever Rinse Raw Chicken?

When it comes to food safety, it pays to be careful. Properly handling & preparing meat, fish, and poultry to minimize the risk of foodborne illness is key. But one step some people might’ve picked up from relatives or some misguided online advice actually has the potential to increase your chances of getting sick: rinsing…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can Dead Bodies Tan?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can Dead Bodies Tan?

Surprisingly, dead people can tan! According to a paper published in The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology in 2023, “postmortem tanning”, as it’s called, has & does occur. The paper analyzed 3 instances of bodies that demonstrated sun damage via tan lines that matched their clothing. In the first, a woman, who was…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Makes Something A “Hot Button Issue”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Makes Something A “Hot Button Issue”?

There’s so much going on in the world these days. So many “hot button issues”, as news anchors & political pundits call them. But what actually is a “hot button issue” anyway? Why is it called that? Nowadays, the term “hot-button issue” refers to any situation with a heavy emotional undercurrent. If a subject gets…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES:  Is It “Burned” or “Burnt”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is It “Burned” or “Burnt”?

Hopefully, everything goes smoothly & as-planned the next time you’re preparing dinner. However, if you’ve ever overcooked your supper, you might’ve found yourself wondering: “this black piece of food in my pan…is it “burned”, or is that “burnt”?  (Okay, so grammar usage would probably be the furthest thing from your mind in that moment…but the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Did April Fools’ Day Originate?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How Did April Fools’ Day Originate?

Whenever April 1st, or “April Fools’ Day” rolls around each year, as tricksters will pull out all the stops to play perfect pranks or hatch horrible hoaxes. Whether you love the occasion or dread it, you’ve probably wondered at one time or another how this weird tradition started. And the answer to that is…no one…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES:  Where Did The Easter Bunny Come From?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where Did The Easter Bunny Come From?

Even if you allow for miracles, angels, and pancake Jesus, the Easter Bunny still comes across as a pretty far-out choice as a holiday mascot. Where did the Easter Bunny come from? How did a rabbit become associated with a holiday that commemorates Christ’s resurrection? The Bible doesn’t mention a cheerful rabbit hopping house to…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES:  Do Teeth Whiteners Really Work?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do Teeth Whiteners Really Work?

Teeth whitening is a multibillion-dollar industry. Products are being used by more than 11% of households every year. We’re definitely paying for whiter teeth, but are we getting them? Do teeth whiteners really work? HOW do they work? First, do they work? Well…sort of. Their overall effectiveness really varies. Nearly all commercially available teeth whitening…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Jellybeans An “Easter Candy”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Are Jellybeans An “Easter Candy”?

Unlike Christmas & Thanksgiving, Easter doesn’t really have a traditional food menu. Apart from the dyed, hard-boiled eggs that kids hunt on Easter morning, the foods we most closely associate with the Christian holiday of Easter are actually…mass-produced candies, like chocolate bunnies, marshmallow Peeps, and Cadbury Eggs, all of which make sense since Easter happens…