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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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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      12/26/2011

      Hi, catgypsy! May I leave you few comments about this hub? Thanks.

      This hub was:

      WELL-WRITTEN

      HILARIOUS

      THOUGHT-PROVOKING

      LOVED EVERY WORD

      APPRECIATED IT SO MUCH....VOTED UP AND AWAY!

      What part of the south? Im from Hamilton, Alabama in northwest Alabama--about a hour and a half from Birmingham. My musing would be: WHY DO THEY HAVE LOCKS ON FUNERAL HOMES? Anyway. Nice to meet a fellow southerner. I Cordially Invite YOU to Read some of my hubs which will give you a laugh. I like to write list hubs like this one, in Letterman's Top 10 format...and I would love for YOU to follow me. It would make me feel at home. Have a Safe and Happy 2012. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks Kenneth! I'm in Montgomery and will be glad to follow you and read your Hubs! Have a great New Year!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dec. 27, at 1:20 p.m.

      catgypsy.....Montgomery?????!!!!! Woweeeee! A true, MODERN, southern belle...not in the traditional sense, but one that says liberated, independent, empowered. WOW. What a blessing. Montgomery. LOVE that town. Been there three times and loved it everytime. And YOU are VERY WELCOME for my comments, which are the TRUTH. I do not waste time or words, thanks to my parents' teaching. And cat, I look forward to reading MORE of your materials. Happy New Year....your friend in Hamilton, in Marion County, (Google it), Kenneth

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks Kenneth! Haha...don't know how liberated, independent or empowered I am, but hope I have a little bit of each! Have a Happy New Year too Kenneth!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear catgypsy, well, I messed up. Big time. On the hub that I wrote, "Seven Things That Women Should Never Hear from Men," well, at the bottom YOU commented that I was a southern gentleman, and I thanked you very much. As a PS/comment, I had forgotten THIS comment above and already called you a southern belle...in the PS/comment I wondered if calling you a southern belle would offend you. Man, can I screw up! I am truly sorry. I did alter that southern belle to a true southern lady...would that be okay? DO NOT be offended. I beg of you. Sincerely, Kenneth and YOU have a Happy New Year also.

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Oh no, you didn't offend me at all! You can call me a southern belle anytime! I was just saying I wish I was more independent, liberated and empowered, but I'm kind of old-fashioned and don't feel like I have enough of those qualities. No offense taken at all!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      catgypsy...again, WOW! Wheewwww, what a relief (wipes sweat from brow)...I worry a lot. Especially about offending MY GENUINE friends, followers which includes YOU. I would rather die than to purposely hurt YOU or anyone. Thats not how I roll. And I think that you ARE these things: independent, liberated, and empowered. Honestly, I kinda like the old-fashioned qualities too. Thanks for being so super-understanding, catgypsy.

      Your friend FOR LIFE, and I mean it.

      Kenneth

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      So glad there are others that have these musings as well.

      Happy New Years

      You should ask these questions on Webanswers.com

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Thanks for the comment tirelesstraveler! My mind does wander to the weirdest questions...haha!

      Happy New Year to you too.

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Awesome thoughts catgypsy. Watching Seinfeld episodes, I always thought the same thing with Kramer. Waiting in line at stores I'll often do the exact same thing you do lol. Nice hub, very entertaining and fun. Voted up, awesome, and interesting :)

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Thanks Cashmere, I'm glad to know others have these offbeat thoughts about things...haha.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      May 9

      Dearest catgypsy . . .I had to re-read this again and glad that I did. I love it. These are the very things that people wonder about. Such as Kramer's "Kramerica, Inc." where he and that student from NYU studied making a bladder for oil tankers out of rubber . . .that one was a fantastic episode. And why not Skipper's Island? And did you ever notice that in all of the years these people were stranded, ALL OF THE MEN REMAINED CLEAN SHAVEN???

      I loved this, Catgypsy!

      Please do more!

      Your FRIEND FOR LIFE . . .Kenneth and sidekick, Festus

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      Thanks Kenneth! I'm sometimes blamed for over analyzing things, but that's the way my mind works! I am planning on doing some more...thanks for suggesting it!

      You and Festus have a good day, my dear friend!

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