By Julia Buckley
I’ve been reading lots of mysteries lately and admiring their complex plots. I was thinking today, though, that there are all sorts of little unsolved mysteries in everyday life. I tried to compile some of them here, but I was confronted by another unsolvable puzzle: why can’t we think of any examples when someone asks us to prove our point? :)
Still, I came up with a few:
1. Who are people talking to on their cell phones at 6:30 in the morning? God knows I wouldn’t want someone to call me at that hour.
2. Why do women open their mouths when they put on mascara?
3. Why do portrait photographers make you put your head at an odd angle, as though your neck is broken? Is this just for their personal amusement?
4. Why do birds stop singing when we walk by? Is it because they were talking about us?
5. Why does it take all day to clean a room, but only a few minutes to destroy it?
6. Why do the drivers whose vehicles are burning oil always choose to pull right in front of my car?
7. Why can’t pale people get suntans? (As a pale friend put it, “I have two stages: lobster red and deathly white.”)
8. What do nuns wear under their habits? And do they have hair under their veils? (These were the biggest mysteries of my Catholic-school childhood).
9. Why do kids instinctively open the side of the milk carton that DOESN’T say “Open here?”
10. Why does it only rain when I fail to bring the umbrella?
What are the troublesome mysteries in your daily life?