There is no bread in short bread, it's a cookie.
Contrary to what people think, only female mosquitoes bite.
Some find it surprising that only male nightingales sing.
Only 55 percent of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
A ten-gallon hat doesn't hold nearly that muchit holds about three-quarters of a gallon.
Polar bear fur isn't white as most believe, it's clear.
When opossums "play 'possum," they aren't playing. They actually pass out from fear.
Sharks have a bad reputation, but in fact, you are more likely to get attacked by a cow than a shark.
Contrary to popular belief, its not impossible to sell an Eskimo a refrigerator--some have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
"Getting our just deserts" has nothing to do with a desert, nor a dessert, for that matter. The expression comes from "deservir," French for "to deserve." So, the expression means you are simply getting what's coming to you.
A pig and a hog are not the same thingnot in the U.S., anyway. In England there is no difference between a pig and a hog, but in the U.S. if a pig is over 180 pounds, it is considered a hog.
Some people still hold the misconception that the "groundhog method" is an effective means of predicting the weatheractually, the groundhog is only accurate in predicting the weather 28 percent of the time.
Thanksgiving is not just an American holiday. Canada declared their Thanksgiving holiday in 1879. Now it's observed on the second Monday in October.
Turkeys haven't always been bred for their meat. Until the mid-'30s, it was their plumage people wanted most.
The expression "getting off scot free" has nothing to do with Scots. It refers to a medieval tax or fine called the scot, once pronounced "shot." The expression came into use around the 16th century to mean someone who was excused from making such a payment.
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