MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are school buses yellow?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are school buses yellow?

It’s a good question. Of all the colors they could’ve made school buses, why yellow? That yellow shade even has it’s own name in the color directory “national school bus glossy yellow”. It started back in 1939 when transportation officials from all 48 states at the time agreed on a number of different safety measures…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is maple syrup actually good for you?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is maple syrup actually good for you?

I thought of this today when I was pouring maple syrup on my daughter’s emoji waffle. Some people claim syrup can actually be good for you, but is that true? Kind of A cup of maple syrup actually has more calcium than a cup of milk. That would be a tough cup to drink with…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Which animal has the longest lifespan?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Which animal has the longest lifespan?

The animal with the longest lifespan isn’t one that you might think. It’s actually a species of clam called the ocean quahog (fans of Family Guy are cheering right now). They are known to live until about 400 years old! You can find them all the way up and down the east coast from Canada…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What does the SPF number on Sunscreen actually mean?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What does the SPF number on Sunscreen actually mean?

With this mini heat wave over the weekend I feel like a lot of people got caught off guard and woke up with quite the sunburn today. Anytime you reach for that sunscreen you have to check the SPF. But what does that SPF number actually mean? The SPF number tells you how long the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did the phrase “getting cold feet” originate?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did the phrase “getting cold feet” originate?

We’ve all been nervous in our lives, sometimes to the point that you “get cold feet” and decide not to do something. But how did that saying come to be? It was originally a military term that warriors would use when their feet would get literally frozen into the ground during the winter. It would…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do dogs sweat?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do dogs sweat?

This weekend is supposed to get pretty warm Saturday and Sunday in the 80s. If you have a dog they’ll probably be pretty hot and sweaty. But how do dogs sweat? A lot of people think it’s through their mouth. That definitely cools them down when they stick out their tongue and start panting. But…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s the difference between Brown Sugar and White Sugar?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s the difference between Brown Sugar and White Sugar?

If you do a lot of cooking or baking you’ve probably had this thought cross your mind a few times. What makes brown sugar difference from white sugar? Sure they taste different, but the only real difference is that for brown sugar they put a little bit of the molasses that is removed back in…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did they come up with the name for “Bluetooth”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did they come up with the name for “Bluetooth”?

You probably use it every single day. To pair your phone, speaker, laptop, headphones. Bluetooth is such a big part of our lives now. But where did the name come from? It all goes back to the 10th century when King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson was well known for uniting different parts of Denmark. Hence the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are cardinals red?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why are cardinals red?

I thought of this one over the weekend after seeing what was probably the brightest red cardinal I’ve ever seen. But what makes these amazing birds that color? It’s actually pretty interesting. Their diet is so much fruit and berries that it impacts the color of their feathers/wings to turn that red shade. In turn…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does chewing gum help get rid of hearburn?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Does chewing gum help get rid of hearburn?

Heartburn is the WORST right? You have a delicious meal and then a few hours later you get that horrible feeling. There are a million remedies out there but I’ve always heard chewing gum helps a lot. It’s true! The saliva that is created by chewing gum becomes more alkaline, which neutralizes the acid reflux…