Life's Little Mysteries answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it, from things in the news and on your mind to crazy questions you didn't even know you had. Our team of experienced reporters and editors do serious research while having loads of fun explaining the world's objects and phenomena, both natural and man-made.
Read More

Latest Articles

Why Is the Sky Blue?
blue-sky-110710-02
June 9th, 2014
Why is the sky blue? The light coming from the sun is made of many colors, each of which has a different wavelength.
Read More »
Are Mermaids Real?
A mermaid swims in a pool
May 25th, 2014
In mythology, mermaids have existed for thousands of years. The first mermaid myths may have originated around 1000 B.C. And even explorers like Christopher Columbus are said to have spotted the half-woman, half-fish creatures, which were likely manatees.
Read More »
What Are Sweetbreads?
sweetbreads
May 12th, 2014
Contrary to what their name would suggest, sweetbreads are not sugary pastries. So, what are sweetbreads?
Read More »
Why Does the Moon Shine?
3rd Full Moon
May 29th, 2014
The moon shines because its surface reflects light from the sun. But because of its orbit around Earth, the lighting goes through phases.
Read More »
What Is Buttermilk?
buttermilk
May 14th, 2014
Today, on National Buttermilk Biscuit Day (May 14), a lot of people may be wondering, what exactly is buttermilk?
Read More »
What Do Turtles Eat?
Hatchling loggerhead sea turtle
May 12th, 2014
Turtles, like the humans who love them, are a diverse bunch. There are over 300 species of this ancient reptile, and each one has its own preferred diet.
Read More »
What Is Kosher Food?
kosher-food
April 29th, 2014
Kosher food is not a style of cooking or a cultural menu (like Chinese or Italian food). Instead, "kosher" refers to foods that adhere to the dietary laws of Judaism, also called kashrut, as described in the Torah.
Read More »
Are Warts Contagious?
Laser Wart Removal
May 29th, 2014
Warts are growths on the surface of the skin caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
Read More »
How Do Tornadoes Form?
tornado-straw
May 12th, 2014
Tornadoes are one of the most destructive natural forces on Earth. Though scientists don't entirely understand how tornadoes form, they do have a good idea about the conditions that cause tornadoes to develop.
Read More »
Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?
coffee, cup of coffee, coffee mug
May 8th, 2014
It's proven that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain, but there's something in a cup of joe that can also jump-start the other end of the body. That's right: Coffee can make you poop.
Read More »