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…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Does The Air Recirculate Button In Your Car Actually Do?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What Does The Air Recirculate Button In Your Car Actually Do?

Your car or truck probably has a lot of symbols across the dashboard. And not all of their functions were perfectly clear at first blush. Thankfully, the air conditioning button (labeled “A/C”) should’ve been easy enough to figure out. But the same can’t be said for the air recirculation button. You know, the one with…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Oven Vs. Stove…What’s The Difference?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Oven Vs. Stove…What’s The Difference?

Kitchens have evolved over time, as have the the vocabulary & vernacular used in & about them. Back in the day, non-electric fridges used to be called “iceboxes”.  Many kitchens used to have things called “dumbwaiters” to transport food between floors in multi-story buildings. And nowadays, when you’re going to cook something in a microwave…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Garden Soil Vs. Potting Soil…What’s The Difference?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Garden Soil Vs. Potting Soil…What’s The Difference?

Raising a healthy plant can be intimidating. In addition to having to account for all the different amounts of water & sunlight they need, you also have to be mindful of your plant’s soil & how often it needs to be replaced. Because, while all dirt may look the same when it stains your pants,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do TV Judges Have Any Real Legal Authority?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do TV Judges Have Any Real Legal Authority?

A longtime staple of daytime TV, at some point or another everyone who’s ever watched Judge Judy has wondered: does she, or any other TV judge, really have any actual legal authority? Judith Sheindlin actually used to be a real, live judge back in the day. Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do British Royalty Have Last Names?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do British Royalty Have Last Names?

The coronation of King Charles III is finally official, as of Saturday (5/06/2023). But one question that popped up in the minds of many watching the ceremony was: what is Charles’ last name? When you’re British royalty, you’re rich…you’re famous…and you never have to use a last name. I mean, yeah…being famous means everyone already…