MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is New Haven Pizza pronounced “AH-BEETZ”?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why is New Haven Pizza pronounced “AH-BEETZ”?

As a love of all things pizza I’m lucky to live right next to the pizza capitol of the world, New Haven. You may have noticed that a lot of the famous places (Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern) all have “Apizza” on their name which locals know is produced “AH-BEETZ”. But why? In Italy where pizza first…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is Giving Tuesday?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What is Giving Tuesday?

As we all double check our bank accounts and credit card balances from the haze of Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend… today is a day to offset it. Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is always the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  The idea is that instead of buying things for yourself like we’ve all done over the…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: When did Cyber Monday start being a thing?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: When did Cyber Monday start being a thing?

Cyber Monday is in full effect today. Hope you’re getting all those deals! But when did this all start and why? The term “Cyber Monday” was first used in the early 2000’s by an e-commerce expert named Ellen Davis who was analyzing shopping trends during the holidays. Her findings saw that the Monday after Thanksgiving,…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can you really not eat raw cookie dough?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can you really not eat raw cookie dough?

With Thanksgiving coming up this week and the holidays around the corner you’re probably going to be doing a lot of baking. If you have kids you know they always want to snag that cookie dough. But is it safe? The answer is no.  Everyone thinks it’s from the raw eggs, which it is. But…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Who invented YouTube?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Who invented YouTube?

YouTube is one of those things that just feels like it’s been around forever. But it’s only been around since it launched in 2005. It’s creators say the original idea was to make it a video online dating site. Then they realized that people wanted to share more videos in their life and it took…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do they deflate the giant parade balloons?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How do they deflate the giant parade balloons?

This weekend is the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular. We hope to see you there with your signs from the Star float! Every parade has the giant helium balloons, but how do they deflate them after the parade? For the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade it’s done behind the Macy’s store on 7th Avenue through a process that…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s the difference between a grocery store and supermarket?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What’s the difference between a grocery store and supermarket?

With our Star Food Drive happening today at ShopRite in Milford seemed like a good day to figure out what the difference is between a grocery store and a supermarket. Grocery stores tend to have mainly a focus on food and beverages. While Supermarkets in addition to food and drink typically give a little more…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What was the first item sold on QVC?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What was the first item sold on QVC?

You probably have a few relatives who do their holiday shopping on QVC. I know I do. But what was the first item every purchased on QVC? The shower radio! When the network first launched in 1986 it was the shower radio they were selling first which cost $11.49 at the time.  They did $7,400…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can animals get sunburned?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Can animals get sunburned?

When we as humans are going to be in the hot sun too long we put on some sunscreen. But what do animals do? Can they burn like us? It’s actually a neat trick from mother nature. One example are Hippos’. Their skin can naturally produce sunscreen. Crazy right? Their bodies release a red fluid…