Recently I was reading through a book filled with interesting facts and figures I stumbled upon this list - 25 things that are not what they seem.

It seemed perfect for the site, and so I have reproduced it here for you all.

Without further ado, 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 [image above]

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 [image above]

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

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

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

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



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 [image above]

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 [image above]

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 - 24

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

Source: The Book of Lists

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Comments: 2

The last one is this list

I only count 24... :P

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