Tag Archives: World War II

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

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Hit Movies Are Called “Blockbusters”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Hit Movies Are Called “Blockbusters”

When you hear the word “blockbuster” mentioned, it’s usually about movies, (either a flick that was a huge box office success or a certain now-defunct chain of video rental stores). Yet, while the word’s meaning is pretty innocuous now, “blockbuster” actually used to describe something pretty dark. Back in the 1940s, “blockbusters” were actually large,…Read More