15 Answers To Questions You've Always Secretly Wondered About
by N/A, 8 years ago | 2 min read| 626
If you're a naturally curious person, you've probably wondered about these things a few times.
1. Why are your veins blue?
Your blood is red even when it's in your veins, but different wavelengths make it appear blue when you look down at your arm.
2. Why do singers from other countries sound American?
Singers who speak in an accent elongate their vowels and stress certain syllables that result in them sounding American.
3. Why is the sky blue?
The sky is blue for the same reason that your veins are. Wavelengths and blue light are responsible for the color of the sky.
4. Why do we have eyebrows?
Well, we'd look pretty weird without them, but they do have a more practical use besides helping you be "on fleek" at all times. They help keep sweat from falling into your eyes.
5. Why do we want greasy food when we're hungover?
Alcohol increases your body's production of the brain chemical galanin. Galanin increases your appetite for fats, which is why you want ALL the bacon the next day.
6. Why do we say cheese before taking a picture?
No one can nail down where the phrase started, but saying it does make you smile.
7. Why does turkey make you tired?
It actually doesn't. You're super sleepy after your Thanksgiving meal because of how much food you've eaten.
8. Why do you come up with your most creative ideas while showering?
Showering doesn't require you to think very much, so your mind is free to think of other things.
9. What's the difference between "&" and "and" in movie credits?
"And" means that someone rewrote or edited someone else's work and "&" means that they worked on it together.
10. Why do your fingers get pruny when you're in the shower for a long time?
Many people think your skin is absorbing water, but this is just a cool thing your body does to improve your grip underwater.
11. Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable?
It's classified as a fruit because it has seeds. However, it was ruled a vegetable by the Supreme Court because of an 1883 tax.
12. Why are countries called different names in different languages?
Languages are older than the countries themselves. Depending on the original name of the country, people living there may call it that.
13. Why is 21 the legal drinking age?
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 is to blame for this one. States were told that if they didn't abide by the age limit they'd lost 10% of their highway funding.
14. How do magnets work?
A magnet is just an object that produces it's own magnetic field and can interact with others. The field starts at the magnet's north pole and ends at the south pole. So, when two north poles are facing each other, you can feel them repel. When opposites are near each other, you feel the pull.
15. Why do "Q" and "U" frequently appear together?
"Qu" is what's known as a digraph, which is two letters that represent one sound in the English language.
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