Where does gingerbread come from, and why is it called that? The answer involves the crusades, witchcraft, and taxation without representation.
Where do vampires come from?
The answer takes us on a journey to India, Serbia, and Romania, with a pit stop in Forks, Washington.
Where did each of the seven continents get their names? The answer involves the sunrise and sunset, a big bear and a little bear, and three mythological queens.
What exactly is the function of a rubber duck? The answer involves debtor’s prison, hunting practice, and the Billboard 100.
Why is a tournament where each team plays the other in turn called a round robin? The answer involves ribbons, religious refugees, and ringleaders.
Why do we throw coins into fountains and wells in hopes of a wish being granted? The answer involves the law of contagion, a supermarket for the poor, and the undying hope of humanity.
Who was St. Patrick? The answer involves pirates, snakes, and revelatory dreams.
We celebrate Valentine’s Day in honor of Saint Valentine every year on February 14th—but who is the legend behind the holiday? The answer is uncertain, really, but it involves miraculous healing, secret marriage ceremonies, and beekeeping.
Why do we say “once upon a time” when beginning a story? The answer involves great time, great distance, and great imagination.
What are brownie points? The answer involves military slang, wartime food rationing, and the Girl Scouts.