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Boxing Day (celebrated in Canada) has nothing to do with fighting. It refers to the custom of giving gift boxes to employees the day after Christmas. (Originally, it was the day Christmas presents were given in England.)

"Oh, give me a home, where the buffalo roam," is technically incorrect. Buffalo roam in Asia and Africa. America is the home of the bison (often mistakenly referred to as buffalo).

The word "bug," as in "don't bug me," has nothing to do with insects. "Bug," to annoy or upset, is actually Black English slang, which was acquired from the West African word bagu, meaning "to annoy."

At no time in the four novels or 56 short stories Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Sherlock Holmes does the famous detective say "Elementary, my dear Watson."

The Magna Carta was never "signed." (Some doubt King John could even write.) It was, however, sealed.

"Original sin" has nothing to do with sex. It refers, rather, to disobedience (Adam and Eve's—and the resulting expulsion from Eden).

S.O.S. doesn't stand for "Save Our Ship." Actually, it doesn't stand for anything—it was selected because it was easy to remember and transmit. Three dots, three dashes and three dots.

You can't see steam. Steam is invisible. Only when it cools enough so minute droplets of water condense does it become visible.

Stonehenge wasn't erected by Druids. Stonehenge was a Bronze Age creation, going back to the second millenium B.C. The Druids in Britain were of the Iron Age (more than a thousand years later).

Truth be told, the suicide rate did not increase after the stock market crash of 1929.

Bamboo is not a tree, it is a grass. Some types of bamboo can grow a foot a day, making it the fastest growing plant in the world.

The banana does not grow on a tree--it is considered a very large herb. The fruit of the banana is actually classified by botanists as a berry.

It is a common misconception that the trademark on a wooden baseball bat should be on the opposite side of the bat from where the baseball is hit. The position of the trademark should be pointing straight up when the ball is hit (the strongest part of the bat is "against the grain").

Abner Doubleday didn't "invent" baseball. Baseball is clearly derived from the English game of rounders. The person credited by historians with creating modern American baseball is Alexander J. Cartwright.

The term "between the devil and the deep blue sea" does not refer to Satan. "Devil" was an early nautical term for the heavy plank used as a support beam used in the hull of a wooden ship—the expression meant to be in a confined location.

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