Question: Meats sold in supermarkets today are marked “water added.” What is the reason for adding water? Is the meat weighed and priced after the water is added, and are we paying for water? (Asked by a curious consumer.)

Some foods and drinks are labeled “naturally flavored” and others “artificially flavored.” What’s the difference? (Asked by a curious culinary reader.) Reply: First, a little flavorful background. Flavor is a sensory impression of a food or other substance that is determined by the chemical …

I read something the other day in the Washington Post that I hadn’t given much thought. The telephone booth is a dying breed, if not already dead. Shutting the booth door for privacy was the thing, and calls traced to phone booths were anonymous (in detective stories). Those were the days. W…

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.)

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: 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: Somebody recently mentioned “Zeno’s paradox.” Would you please explain this? Thanks. (Asked by a curious and bashful column reader.)