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8. Why is the drinking age 21?

Why is the drinking age 21

You can thank the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 for this one. So while it's largely up to each state to decide their legal drinking age, this law states that they had to enact a minimum drinking age of 21 or else they would lose 10% of their highway funding. Since no state wanted to give up that funding, that means that no one under the age of 21 can legally purchase or publicly possess alcohol. In short, we ended up with a national minimum age of 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984.

9. Why can't we decide if tomatoes are fruits or vegetables?

Why can't we decide if tomatoes are fruits or vegetables

The tomato is technically a fruit since it protects and contains the seeds of its plant, but according to a Supreme Court ruling, is is classified as a vegetable because The Tariff Act of March 3, 1883 required a tax to be paid on imported vegetables, but not fruit, and they didn't want any tomato farmers going untaxed.

10. Why do we have eyebrows?

Why do we have eyebrows

Aside from being a very distinct feature on your face that helps you communicate, there's actually a very good reason eyebrows exist. You know just how sweaty your forehead can get - sweat can even drip down into your eyes and cause temporary blindness. And that's why your eyebrows exist. The arch shape diverts the rain or sweat around to the sides of our face, keeping our eyes relatively dry.

11. Why do we crave greasy food when we're hungover?

Why do we crave greasy food when we're hungover

Almost everyone craves a big plate of greasy food after a night of drinking because it's high in fat and high in calories. The reason behind this craving is a brain chemical called galanin, which increases your appetite for fats. Since alcohol increases your body's production of galanin, you're going to want that big fat breakfast.

12. Why do different languages call countries by different names?

Why do different languages call countries by different names

The simplest explanation is that languages pre-date countries, sometimes by centuries. So when small settlements joined together to create countries, like Germany, there were multiple names for the region, depending on the language. For example, in English we say Germany, Japan, and China but they say Deutschland, Nihon, and Zhongguo respectively.

13. What's the difference between "&" and "and" in movie credits?

What's the difference between

The "&" means that two writers worked together to write the script, whereas "and" means they worked on the script at different times.

14. Why does turkey make you tired?

Why does turkey make you tired

Contrary to popular belief, eating turkey isn't the main reason you feel sleepy after a Thanksgiving feast. Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which forms the basis of brain chemicals that make people tired. Tryptophan is a component of the brain chemical serotonin, which gets converted into the well-known sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Basically, any big meal containing tryptophan and lots of carbohydrates can trigger sleepiness — not just turkey. And on Thanksgiving, many other factors contribute to feelings of tiredness, such as drinking alcohol.

15. Why does the letter U almost always accompany the letter Q?

Why does the letter U almost always accompany the letter Q

The reason for this pairing is because QU is a digraph, which is a pair of letters that represents a single sound. In this case, it's "kw.". Q's without U's aren't as common, but can be found in words like Iraq.

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