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.
Tune in weekdays at 2:30pm to find out answers to questions you never knew you had.
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did station wagon’s get their name?
Unless you’re watching National Lampoon’s Vacation all the time you don’t really see station wagons that often anymore sadly. They were eventually replaced by the minivan, then the SUV. But where did they get their name? Back when they first came out in the 1920s they had that signature look with the steel frame and…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen fruit?
If your house is like mine you have lots of fruit being eaten all the time. My 4 year old daughter is currently on a berry smoothie kick so we make them every morning. A lot of people like to use the frozen fruit since it’s already cold and has ice to mix in with…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is it cheaper to raise chickens and hens in your backyard to produce eggs?
Eggflation has taken the country by storm lately. With eggs averaging around $5.50 a dozen, and closer to $10 for a dozen organic eggs, some people are thinking that maybe they should produce their own and get into the chicken coop business to save some money. The maximum cost to raise chickens in your backyard…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do eyebrows serve a purpose?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered why you have eyebrows? There are more than a few reasons why we as humans developed that hair above our eyes. There are the practical reasons how they hair actually protects your eyes against debris, sweat, dust, and even sunlight. Then there is also the communication…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How long does a red light last before it turns green?
If you just got home from work, you were probably sitting at a couple red lights on your way home wondering “why is this light taking so long to change”. Is there actually an exact time between a red light and green light? It seems like it’s forever, but according to the National Association of…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What does DJ stand for?
Happy National DJ Day! If you have a DJ in your life you should send them a fun text to celebrate. A lot of you already know what DJ stands for, but for any gen z kids who might not… DJ stands for “Disc Jockey”. Back in the old days of radio the on air…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What makes a popcorn kernel actually pop?
Happy National Popcorn Day! What makes a popcorn kernel actually pop? Popcorn kernels are 4% water, so when they are heated up either in the microwave or popcorn machine and the water causes popcorn to eventually pop when it gets hot enough. Creating that tasty white cluster we all know and love. Image credit: Getty…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: When did wings become associated with watching football
Lots of football lately with some great Wild Card games last weekend (congrats Giants fans) and then the Super Bowl only a few weeks away. Even if you’re not a huge football fan you can probably enough some tasty wings while watching. But when did wings become so associated with watching football? It really started…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Is “a Jiffy” a real measurement of time?
We’ve all heard it before. “I’ll be back in a jiffy!”. But what does jiffy really mean? Is it a real measurement? At one point yes it was. It is technically one trillionth of a second. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries there was a scientist named Gilbert Newton Lewis who figured out that…… Continue Reading
MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What happens when you cry in space?
Here’s something I never thought if until now. What happened if you cry when you’re in space with zero gravity? Since there is no gravity for the tears to fall they actually just well up in your eyes and stay on your face until you wipe it away. It’s pretty trippy to watch. This guy…… Continue Reading