There are a lot of things that happen in the world that make you wonder “Why is it like that?” Kevin Begley is here to answer these questions and solve these Mundane Mysteries.
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You’ve probably eaten M&M’s a million times, but have you ever wondered what the M’s actually stand for? Each one stands for one of the two creators of the candy, Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie. They were the two businessmen who originally created the candy-coated chocolates. The two actually butted heads a lot back in…Continue Reading
I’m sure you took a million family photos over the holidays and inevitably someone yelled out “SAY CHEESE!” to get everyone to smile. But why do we do this? Why cheese? The most popular theory behind it is that the word “cheese” is the perfect term to get you to make a great smile. The…Continue Reading
You’ve heard it many times, probably even used it yourself. But it’s such an odd phrase that like me I’m sure you’re wondering where exactly “let the cat out of the bag” came from? Centuries ago merchants who sold piglets to people in markets used to sometimes fool the customer by switching out the pig…Continue Reading
The original idea of leaving treats for Santa and his reindeer dates all the way back to ancient Norwegian mythology, but Americans started doing it as a tradition during the Great Depression in the 1930s. It became a sign of showing gratitude during what was a time of struggle back then. We’ve been doing it…Continue Reading
It’s happened to everyone. It just happened to me the other day actually. You bang that little part of your elbow against something, “the funny bone”, and feel the weirdest sensation. But there is nothing funny about it. So why is it called that? and why does it happen? The funny bone got its nickname…Continue Reading
With all this snow on the ground it’s a good time to figure out the difference between a snowstorm and a blizzard. Snowstorm: Can involve snow, sleet, ice, or freezing rain and usually has freezing temperatures. Snowstorms can be dangerous because of the driving conditions and hazardous elements. Blizzard: Unlike the delicious treat from DQ…Continue Reading
Trick question! This is actually a myth. Back in 1988, a scientist actually found two identical snow crystals. They came from a snow storm in Wisconsin. So next time someone says that you can hit them with this snow knowledge. Good luck searching through all these flakes that fell last night here in Connecticut. There’s…Continue Reading
We about to get walloped with a huge snow storm so today’s mystery is why does snow look white? There’s actually a real scientific reason that snow is white. What happens is light scatters and bounces off the ice crystals in the snow. The reflected light has all the colors in it which when together looks…Continue Reading
When you think about it igloos shouldn’t work. A little hut made out of ice and snow in a very cold place that stays warm? But they do! Here’s how Igloos are built out of bricks of ice. Unlike solid ice, which is a poor insulator for heat, all the compressed snow has more air…Continue Reading
One of the many mysteries of man’s best friend. Why do dogs have whiskers? The whiskers on a dog are very different from all the other hair that is on their body. Besides them being long and stiff, the whisker hairs are also packed with nerves in the follicles that go deep into their skin.…Continue Reading