Seeking Answers to Weighty Questions

By: Contribute Last Updated: January 25, 2010

The other day I was waiting for an appointment and I picked up a book in the waiting room. There were some really curious questions in this book and they got me to thinking. I couldn't answer some of them, so I thought I would ask you readers for some help. Besides some of the questions in the book, I also thought about some that I have been curious about for awhile. Please let me know if you've got some answers.

  1. How do they keep raisins from falling to the bottom of the box?
  2. Why do we drive on parkways?
  3. Why do we park on driveways?
  4. If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan?
  5. Why do donuts have holes?
  6. What happens to the tread that wears off your tires?
  7. What do FedEx delivery people do after 10:30 a.m.?
  8. Why do clocks run clockwise?
  9. Why doesn't a 2 by 4 really measure 2 inches by 4 inches?
  10. Why are rain clouds dark?
  11. Where did they get the name "Oreos"?
  12. How did "two bits" come to mean 25 cents?
  13. How did "two-bit" come to mean cheap
  14. Why 40 percent alcohol is called 80 proof?
  15. Why are most humans comfortable at 72 degrees instead of 98.6?
  16. Why are large trucks called semi's? Semi what?
  17. How do they print the little M & M on the candy?
  18. What does the M & M stand for?
  19. Why is there no seam in the M & M candy?
  20. Why is yawning contagious?
  21. Why do hot dogs come 10 to a pack and the buns come 8 to a pack?
  22. How do horses sleep standing up?
  23. Why do they call it a hot water heater? Should it be a cold water heater?
  24. How big a hen lays extra large eggs?
  25. Why does unscented hair spray smell?
  26. Why do gas prices end in 9/lOths of a cent?
  27. Why do golfers yell "fore"?
  28. f Ivory soap is 99 44/lOOths % pure - pure what? What is the other 56/lOOths of impure material?
  29. Why is Jack the nickname for John?
  30. Why do we cross our fingers for luck?
  31. Why do we nod yes and shake for no?
  32. Why are traffic signals red, yellow, and green?
  33. Why is it "X" for a kiss?
  34. Can you really kiss it and make it better?
  35. Why do we eat popcorn at the movies?
  36. Why do we eat hot dogs at the ballpark?
  37. Why are your elbows supposed to be off the table?
  38. Why do we give an apple to the teacher? What if the teacher doesn't like apples?
  39. Why are men's buttons on the opposite side of women's buttons?
  40. Why don't football teams run the 2-minute drill all the time?
  41. Why do wagon wheels on westerns look like they are spinning backwards?
  42. Why are barber poles striped?
  43. Why do we knock on wood?
  44. Why do the English drive on the wrong side?

I know that these are really mind-boggling questions. These are some of the things that race through my mind every day. Please if you know any of these answers, call me at John Cicco’s Menswear in Merrillville at 219-769-1744 ext 5. I can’t wait to find the answers.

Until later ……….ciao.