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 2:45pm to find out answers to questions you never knew you had.
Next time you’re shopping for milk and eggs take a look around the store. No windows! But why? It’s part of the retail shopping psychology. The strategy being to create a shopping environment where people feel comfortable to spend both a lot of time and money. Same idea as a casino. Having no windows creates…Continue Reading
One of the finest candy bars known to man. The Kit Kat. But where did that name come from? It actually originates from Japan. It was inspired by the Japanese phrase kitto katsu, which means “You surely will win!” or good luck. Which has actually turned KitKat’s into somewhat of a candy good luck charm…Continue Reading
This happened to me over the weekend actually. I was cutting onions when all of the sudden… here come the tears. But why does this happen and how can you stop it?! The part of the onion that makes you cry is the chemical gas that gets released from the juices of the onion. One…Continue Reading
Today’s mystery involves your hands. Look down at them… do those fingers you’re typing with have muscles? The answer is no. There are no muscles in your fingers. They are actually controlled by muscles in your palms and arms. I guess that’s why it’s so easy to break a finger. Because it’s all just bone…Continue Reading
You may have seen this story lately, how Mattel is offering to buy back old Barbie dolls in exchange for credit to buy a new one or something else on their site That got me thinking. Does Barbie have a full name? Or is it just simply “Barbie”? She does have one come to find out,…Continue Reading
I thought of this Mundane Mystery the other day as my 2-year-old daughter was running around the house “checking” us all with her toy stethoscope. It’s such an odd tool. Who invented it and why does it look so odd? The person who invented the tool was a guy named Rene Laennec. He was a…Continue Reading
Now that things are starting to open up a bit more and people are traveling again you’re probably going to be spending more time in hotel rooms this summer. One thing you’ll notice is how the towels and sheets are normally always white. Why is that? The main reason is that white gives off a…Continue Reading
Let’s be honest, Mom would probably enjoy any kind of flower you get her but for some reason carnations are always the most popular. Why is that? A woman named Anna Jarvis created Mother’s Day in the early 1900s and at the time she was pushing for President Woodrow Wilson to declare Mother’s Day an…Continue Reading
Brace yourself… the cicadas are coming. After 17 years underground trillions of the most annoying bug on the planet are about to resurface and torture all of us. You know the ones, they look gross and make that crazy sound. The cicada is actually singing when it makes the noise. Their internal tymbal muscles contract…Continue Reading
Today is Cinco de Mayo. Every year people seem to get confused to what this holiday is actually celebrating. A lot people think it’s Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s not. Others think it’s just an excuse to drink a ton of tequila and eat a million tacos. Also not the reason. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the…Continue Reading