Have you ever wondered why certain things are the way they are?  Well, you're not the only one.  Here are a few things that I've wondered about also. And there are some that other people have thought about too.

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Plays on the English Language

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Why do they call it "taking a dump" instead of "leaving a dump". You're not taking it anywhere. I can see how the term was coined back in the days where people would go in buckets and "take them" out to dump on the streets but we don't do that anymore and people still use the phrase!
Submitted by d00d  in Mesa, Arizona

Why do they call them parachutes when there isn't a "pair"?  It seems
 to me that there should be two of them. Where did the name come from anyway?

Why do they call them parachutes when there is only one? It seems to be that there should be two of them. Where did the name come from anyway?

Why do they call it "Fixed Income" when those who are on it are, many times, broke.  It certainly isn't fixing it.

Since the numbers 21 to 99 are pronounced with the tens diget first (like "twenty one", "ninety nine" etc) why aren't the numbers from 11 to 19 pronounced "tenty one", "tenty two", "tenty three", etc?     OR
Why aren't the numbers 11, 12, & 13  at least pronounced "oneteen", "twoteen", & "threeteen" ?  14 through 19 follow this pattern.

Why do we say "I see you out of the corner of my eye" when the eye really doesn't have a "corner"? The eyeball is round.

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do you park in a driveway and drive in a parkway?

Why is an orange an orange and an apple not a red?

Why is a pear called a pear when there is only one?

If Corn Oil comes from Corn, what does Baby Oil come from?

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it's called cargo?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

How is it possible to have a civil war?

If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?

Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice?"

Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

Do you remember the cars that used to say "your door is ajar" when the door was open.  It was really a door, but the warning called it a jar.  Whoever thought up the word "ajar"?

How does one "kill" time?

If time is money (as some people say it is) and the love of money is the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10), then is the love of time also evil?

Where did the saying ". . . sick as a dog" ever come from? Most dogs are in good health. 

Can a person really discuss "the topic at hand?  Can a topic really be in one's hand?

While we're on the "topic at hand", if we assume that a first topic really can be in one's right hand, can we then assume that the other hand is the wrong hand?

How did the phrase "that was the last straw" ever get started. Did some poor little kid get beat up in school after taking the last straw at lunch?

If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry? Shouldn't they cancel each other out? (wouldn't that be great?)

Why do they call them "hemorrhoids" instead of "asteroids"?

We have deer season to shoot deer. We have bear season to shoot bear. Yet, why is tourist season so much different?

Why do banks have "branches"?  They don't have anything to do with trees.

Why are people on TV, but they are in a movie?

If a deaf person has to go to court, would it still called a "hearing"?

We use the term "slept like a baby", but we don't seem to consider that babies general wake up every 2 hours or so.

Why is "shirt" singular, but "shorts" plural?

Why is a man who invests all your money called a broker? Is the person who came up with that name trying to tell us something?

Win Prizes

These are the type of questions that are responded to with "Now that's a good question".

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings, then put money in binoculars to look at things that are on the ground? (answers)

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white?
(but see:
http://www.zubbles.com/   )

Why do we press harder on a remote control when it doesn't respond at first?  We know the batteries are getting dead, but we still try harder by pressing harder.

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pit up, examine it, then put it back down to give the vacuum cleaner one more change?

If a hot water heats cold water (to become hot), shouldn't it be called a "cold water heater"? After all, once the water is hot it doesn't heat it anymore.

If nothing sticks to Teflon, how do you get Teflon to stick to a pan?

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?

Why are there floatation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there?

How does the guy who drives the snow plow get to work?

If the 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

If you are driving at the speed of light and you turn on you headlights, what happens?

Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

If wool shrinks when it gets wet, why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? Can it be too sour?

Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal injections?

Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Since we refer to a dead person as a "person", can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?  After all, there are 2 people in it.

Is Disney World the only "people trap" operated by a mouse?

Why is it that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he likes to stick his head out the window and have the wind blow on it?

Does pushing the elevator button harder or more than once make it arrive any faster?

Why do they call it Kentucky Fried Chicken when it is actually fried by someone behind the counter and not by someone in Kentucky?

What is the purpose of those little extra sheets that they always place inside wedding and shower announcements?

If litter isn't litter unless it's on the ground, when the sign says "Put Litter in its Place" - shouldn't we then put the paper (or whatever we have to throw away) on the ground? After all, the ground is litters place.  If it's not on the ground then it's not litter.

Why do all the numbers on TV and in the movies begin with "555"?
(They used to, anyways)

Did you ever wonder why Lois Lane could never recognize Superman's face as that of Clark Kent? After all, the only difference in his face was no glasses.

Speaking of Superman, did you ever wonder why the "man of steel" would be able to make bullets bouince off his chest, but he will duck when a bad guy throws a gun at him?

In a church, why, when you walk through the front door, does it become the back?

Have you ever wondered where the saying, "None of your bees wax" came from? 

If you try to fail - and succeed, have you succeeded or failed?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

How important would a person have to be to be "assassinated" instead of just "murdered"?

Why do doctors leave the room when you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is it that we chose the President from just 2 choices, but Miss America is chosen from 50?

Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

What ever happened to Preparations "A" through "G"?

Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?

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