Question: When watching TV the other day, the announcer said this would be the singer’s “swan song.” What is a swan song? The song had nothing about swans in it. (Asked by a curious music lover.)
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Question: I would appreciate it if you could address the following questions in your column. We are being invaded by hooded skunks. What is their native habitat? Do they have any natural enemies? Are they able to mate with striped skunks, and if so, what traits would be dominant? (Submitted …
Question: As we age, why does hair disappear from where it used to be and appear in places it never was? (Asked by an aging anonymous reader.)
Question: Why is it that sometimes jet airplanes leave vapor trails (the white trails of smoke), and other times they don’t? (Asked by a curious sky watcher.)
Question: I love sweet (iced) tea and order it every time I go out to eat. My problem is that I cannot tolerate caffeine after the early afternoon if I want to sleep at night. Why do restaurants offer the choice of regular or decaf coffee, but not regular or decaf tea? (Asked by a concerned …
The heart is basically a pump that keeps our blood circulating — a vital organ. Yet, we associate emotions with the heart as well, usually the “lovey-dovey” kind (think of Valentine’s Day).
Question: I recently read a story about someone being burned while trying to boil water in a cup inside a microwave oven. When removed, the heated water in the cup was not boiling, but suddenly “blew up” into his face, causing bad burns. What caused this? (Asked by a concerned Corner reader.)
Question: Why is the toilet or bathroom sometimes referred to as the “head?” (Asked by a column reader who wishes to remain anonymous, naturally).
Question: I know the meaning of the expression “quitting cold turkey,” but I would like to know the origin of the expression. (Submitted by Mike Szotkiewicz via cyberspace.)
Question: At a recent physical, my doctor talked about my body density and said my BMI was too high. Would you please explain these? Thank you. (Asked by a curious column reader.)
Every now and then, I like to take the time to thank the persons who help make the Curiosity Corner available for my readers. After writing a CC, I send it to Megan Price, head of University Relations and Publications at Lander University. Then, staff writer Graham Duncan reads and edits the…