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Hmmm...I Wonder!

Updated on December 21, 2011
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Mental Musings!

I often think of the darndest things while I'm doing something else, like washing dishes or dusting. Ideas just pop into my head from nowhere and then it drives me crazy trying to find an answer to these musings, as I call them. There are times when I wonder about my mind. Why do these weird questions pop up? But I've always been a curious person, so maybe that's it. That's what I like to think it is anyway!

So here's a list of things I've wondered about. Maybe some of you know the answers and I would be forever grateful if you let me know. I'd also love to hear what musings you have. I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this...right? I can't be the only curious nut in the world!

1. Do professional race car drivers have a hard time driving the speed limit when they are just driving around the town?

Heck, I have a hard time driving at or below the speed limit. And if they do speed and get caught, are they mostly given a pass at a ticket because of who they are?

2. Why Gilligan's Island?

Why not Skipper's Island? They all landed there together, why did it become Gilligan's island?

3. Do you ever wonder what people waiting in line at a store are thinking about?

Maybe this is just my way of passing time or maybe I'm too curious, but I sometimes look at people while I'm in line at a store and wonder what they are thinking? I wonder is they are as calm as they look or are they hiding a secret that no one would ever guess. We all judge by first sight and get a general impression of someone. Are they really the person they are projecting to the world?

4. Where did the term "broad" come from referring to a woman?

Or the term "chick" for that matter? Where did some of the slang we use originate? There are books out there that explain this, but I've never found a lot of these.

5. How did Kramer make money on "Seinfeld" ?

I have seen episodes of this sitcom over and over and never could figure out how Kramer lived and how he made money. Once in awhile he came up with some weird idea, but in general he didn't seem to work. Did I miss something? Did he have rich parents or some other source of income?

6. Why didn't they keep the door locked on "Everybody Loves Raymond"?

Ok, I know it's a TV show and not real life, but one of the complaints was that the parents just walked into their house all the time. Ahh...why didn't they at least lock the doors in that house? I know it was part of the show and couldn't have been if they locked the doors, but after awhile, you just had to think, were they idiots? It ceases to be funny and just becomes annoying!

7. Who the heck came up with these spellings?

I often wonder where certain words came from, or more accurately, who the heck came up with the spelling! Like vacuum...why two U'S? Phobia...why not fobia? Llama? Was the extra L necessary? Inertia, and many other words ending in tia that are pronounced "shuh" at the end. I know I'll think of dozens of other examples, but you get the idea.

8. Why do people from different countries look different?

Why do different nationalities have distinct features? This is probably something too deep for my mind to wrap around, but I've always wondered. Or maybe it's something no one knows, but how did that happen? Why don't we all look basically the same?

As you can see, my mind wanders from thought to thought sometimes. I've always been a curious person and I guess my mind just can't help asking, "Why?" Yes, I was that kid in school who asked the teacher why and got into trouble for it. Which I thought was really unfair because I honestly wasn't being a smart ass, I just wondered...

I'd love to hear about your mental musings! Or if you have any answers to mine!


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