Friday, June 7, 2013

The Facebook Papers: The Copycats

Well, the Brazil Nut suggestion certainly spurred a lot of similar requests. Too bad my tiny little attention span won't allow me to do them justice, so you will have to be satisfied with the short answers. 

Suggested topic #10: The chick pea is neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss.
     Of course the chick pea is neither a chick nor a pea. It is actually a garbanzo bean. Unfortunately that name makes you think of annoying blue-nosed muppets instead of nutritious, tasty, yet decidedly mealy legumes. So back in 1976 the garbanzo bean industry went to France for a makeover and came up with the name "chiche", (French for 'mush'). Over the years, in typical telephone-game fashion, the name has evolved to the present day Chick Pea.

Suggested topic #11: The "Thin Ice" sign sitting on a lake of thin ice... who put it out there?
     I did. You darn kids stay off my lawn. And my frozen lake.

Suggested topic #12: Does a horse push or pull the cart behind him?
     Neither. Carts are always pulled by donkeys. Horses are in charge of buggies and carriages. (And in case you are wondering, plows are pulled by oxen and pushed by farmers, and wagons are pulled by suburban parents at street fairs, festivals and fireworks displays.)

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