Answers To Your Most Urgent Questions

Why are blonds dumb but not brunettes or redheads?

Blame Marilyn Monroe. In the 1953 movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a story about two showgirls, a “vivacious” blonde and a ”sassy” brunette that is the source of the stereotype of the “dumb blond”, as opposed to the supposedly “less attractive” but smarter brunette Since Monroe was apparently both blond and terminally “ditzy” in real life, that perception eventually was applied to all blonds. After the movie was released, a protest demonstration was held criticizing the movie’s portrayal of women; but the demonstration was not about the depiction of blonds as “airheads”, but from “not blond” women protesting that “brunettes can have just as much fun as blonds!”

Why is Grape Nuts cereal called “Grape Nuts”, when it contains neither grapes nor nuts?

Is this a flagrant misrepresentation of a product that the Federal Trade Commission apparently overlooked? Not really. If you read the fine print on the box, it’s says “grape nuts brand natural wheat & barley cereal”. So “Grape Nuts” has nothing to do with the ingredients, it’s merely the “Brand Name” of the product itself, so expecting to see “Grapes and Nuts” in your Grape Nuts cereal box is like expecting to find a horse in your Ford “Mustang”.

Where in the nursery rhyme does it say humpty dumpty is an egg?

It doesn’t. Humpty Dumpty’s appearance as an “egg” first appeared as an illustration in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” in 1865.The real Humpy Dumpty was a large “egg-shaped” cannon used during the English Civil War at the siege of Colchester. The cannon, named “Humpty Dumpty”, was placed on the town wall to fire at Cromwell’s “Roundheads” besieging the city; but the wall collapsed, along with “Humpty Dumpty”. And neither the “King’s men” or the “Kings horses” could put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

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