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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…
Let’s see how you can do on the meanings of some old sayings and famous idioms (an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meaning of its constituent elements). Your answers may be a bit different from what I have written, but it should be in the same ballpark.
Q: On the back of a one-dollar bill, there is a Great Seal showing a pyramid with Latin expressions above and below. What do these mean? (Asked by a Latin-lacking reader.)
In physics, we have a bunch of laws: Newton’s laws of motion, the law of reflection, and so on. However, a few more practical laws came across my screen the other day. I don’t know the source, but these are definitely by someone who knows a thing or two about life.
Every now and then, I devote a column to my pet peeves. It’s a great way to get them off my chest so I can be a kinder, gentler person. Maybe you and I will find that we have some peeves in common.
Question: Foods left in the freezer develop “freezer burn.” Why is this and is it safe to eat? (Asked by a curious culinary column-reader.)
Q: Actually, I have two questions, but I have a feeling there’s only one answer. (1) If a bee is flying around at only a few miles per hour in a car that is traveling 55 mph, why is he not pinned against the back window? (2) We are on the Earth traveling at about 700 mph at our latitude beca…
We’ve been dealing with this “nine” thing in prices, such as 29 cents instead of 30 cents, and gas being $2.499 instead of $2.50. You never have four pennies for exact change, so you almost always get a penny back. Meanwhile, they don’t make a coin for one-tenths of a penny, so getting exact…
Question: Why is it that the price of a gallon of gasoline has 0.009, or nine-tenths, of a cent added on? It’s like they think that people don’t know that it’s really another cent! (Asked by a curious penny saver.)