Thursday, 26 April 2012

W is for ... Why?

I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person, but there are some things which I just don't understand. I'm hoping you can help. (By the way, if you don't know the answers either, feel free to make up something amusing.)

1. Why is the sky blue?
2. Why does 'u' disappear from words (e.g. 'colour') halfway across the Atlantic? 
3. Why are yawns contagious?
4. Why do we get morning breath?
5. Why is a courgette called a zucchini in some parts of the world?
6. Why do we dream?
7. Why does the UK drive on the left when most countries drive on the right?

(I heart rainbow colours.)


  1. Australia drives on the left as well. Oh wait, that's because we started as a British colony, lol.

  2. I think its good to question why. I took a shot at your questions.

    #1: Not sure! But I googled it for you:
    #2: I'm guessing #2 is an American thing.
    #3: I think boredom is contagious not yawns.
    #4: How does bacteria sound?
    #5: I didn't know this. Interesting.
    #6: Because the real world we live in sucks at times.
    #7: Because the UK is filled with left-brainers?

    How's that? And no, I'm not one of those people that has all the answers. Not even close. :)

    1. Thanks for having a crack at them. I particularly like answer 3 ;)

  3. Us disappear halfway across the Atlantic because although they can float fairly well, they cannot swim. After much floating, they become waterlogged and sink. It's a rather tragic loss of vowels, if one really thinks about it.


    1. If there was a 'like' button on here I would be furiously clicking it right now.

  4. I'm not sure about most of these, but perhaps the Us were thrown into the harbor with the T(ea), since they're so close in the alphabet? We still drink less tea halfway across the Atlantic, so it makes sense that we still leave out the Us, right? :-)

    As far as morning breath I seem to very vaguely remember reading (or possibly hearing) at some point in time that it has something to do with getting slightly dehydrated while sleeping for several hours. I'm not sure where/when/how I came up with that one, though.

    1. So what you're saying is that there are sad little T(ea)s and Us drifting around in the Atlantic? That's so sad!

      Now you mention it, the dehydrated thing does ring a bell. Thanks!

    2. A more positive way to look at it could be that they've joined together to become tutus and there's now at Atlantic Ballet Company.