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25 Things That Are Not What They Seem


Last Edited: May 28, 2008, 3:24 pm

25 Things That Are Not What They Seem
1 Items 1 - 5

1. A firefly is not a fly - it is a beetle

2. A prairie dog is not a dog - it is a rodent
3. India ink is not from India - it is from China and Egypt

4. A horned toad is not a toad - it is a lizard

5. A lead pencil does not contain lead - it contains graphite

2 Items 6 - 10

6. A douglas fir is not a fir - it is a pine

7. A silkworm is not a worm - it is a caterpillar

8. A peanut is not a nut - it is a legume

9. A panda bear is not a bear - it is a relative of the raccoon

10. An English horn is not English and it isn;t a horn - it is a French alto oboe

Just paying the bills...

3 Items 11 - 15

11. A guinea pig is not from guinea and it is not a pig - it is a rodent from South America

12. Shortbread is not a bread - it is a thick cookie
13. Dresden China is not from Dresden - it is from Meissen

14. A shooting star is not a star - it is a metorite

15. A funny bone is not a bone - it is the spot where the ulnar nerve touches the humerus

4 Items 16 - 20

16. Chop suey is not a native Chinese dish - it was invented by Chinese immigrants in California

17. A bald eagle is not bald - it has flat white feathers on its head and neck when mature, and dark feathers when young 18. A banana tree is not a tree - it is a herb

19. A cucumber is not a vegetable - it is a fruit

20. A jackrabbit is not a rabbit - it is a hare

5 Items 21 - 25

21. A piece of catgut is not from a cat - it is usually made from sheep intestines

22. A Mexican jumping bean is not a bean - it is a seed with a larva inside

23. A Turkish bath is not Turkish - it is Roman

24. A koala bear is not a bear - it is a marsupial

25. A sweetbread is not a bread - it is the pancreas or thymus gland from a calf or lamb [image above]

Entry #612


Comment by Gentlespirit - May 28, 2008, 4:53 pm
Well, you taught me something...I never knew a cucumber was fruit!!! I always thought it was a veggie! You could have fooled me! :)
Comment by pacattack05 - May 28, 2008, 5:23 pm
Number 16 should also include most of the chinese food at take out places. They don't eat the stuff they make anyway.

I remember frequenting a chinese take out in NY, and watching some of the relatives who worked there eating lunch. They weren't eating beef with broccoli or sweet and sour chicken...no...they were eating a bowl of soup with a fish head in there, and a side of seaweed.

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