MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why don’t we sneeze when we’re sleeping?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why don’t we sneeze when we’re sleeping?

I bet you’ve never sneezed while sleeping. Thank about it… it’s never happened! The reason is that our brain actually shuts down the ability to sneeze while you’re sleeping. If for some reason you get some dust in your nose or something physically makes you sneeze your brain will wake you up first. But other…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What do the five Olympic rings stand for?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What do the five Olympic rings stand for?

If you watched the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics from Tokyo this morning you saw those famous Olympic rings a lot. But what do they actually symbolize? The five Olympic rings are meant to represent the five continents in the world. Those specific colors (blue, yellow, black, green, red) were chosen for the rings…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did the phrase “read the tea leaves” come from?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did the phrase “read the tea leaves” come from?

I caught myself saying this the other day and thought it would be a good mystery for today. “Read the tea leaves” means to use signs or signals to predict something that’s going to happen in the near future. It all started with the fortune telling community. Fortune tellers would use actual tea leave patterns…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is the Karma Line and why is it called that?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is the Karma Line and why is it called that?

Unless you’ve been living under a cardboard Amazon package lately you probably saw that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos successfully traveled to space and back this morning in just 11 minutes. He brought his brother and two others with him as they became the first human civilians to actually get into outer space by crossing the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did Eggo get the name for their Eggo Waffles?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did Eggo get the name for their Eggo Waffles?

Frozen waffles are one of the better breakfast creations in recent history. The most popular brand being Eggo. But how did they come up with that wacky name? When Eggos first launched in stores they weren’t even called Eggo. They had a totally different name that was actually kinda awesome. They were called “Froffles” which…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is dark chocolate healthy?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is dark chocolate healthy?

Hand up, I love me some dark chocolate. Like a lot of people who like dark chocolate I feel like I tell everyone who will listen how “It’s healthy for you! Did you know that? It’s true” But why is that? Dark chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and minerals. Which are both good…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What makes men’s and women’s dress shirts different?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What makes men’s and women’s dress shirts different?

If you’re back in the office like a lot of people now and getting dressed in fancy clothes again you may have noticed that men’s and women’s dress shirts are different for one reason. Men’s have the buttons on the right, but  women’s shirts have the buttons on the left. Why is that? In the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are they called French Fries if they’re not from France?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are they called French Fries if they’re not from France?

Today is apparently National French Fry Day? I know, I know… eye roll emoji. But it got me wondering how they got their name since they actually weren’t invented in France at all. The French Fry was created back during World War I. American soldiers who were stationed in Belgium were being served these delicious…