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Which nut is not a nut?

Question: Which of these nuts is not a nut?
A. Coconut
B. Cashew nut
C. Peanut

Several people picked Coconut as the odd one out. The correct answer is ‘peanut’. A ‘real’ nut comes from the flower-then-fruit and is above ground whereas peanuts are underground (hence, its other name – groundnuts).

One humorous colleague told me that the coconut is not a real nut because there is no nut(?) inside the coconut!

By the way, if you want to see the biggest nut in the world (serious-lah, not joking!), go over to the Botanic Gardens Office Block. Near it you will see the Coco-de-Mer or Double-Coconut palm tree.

Take a good look at it and see if you agree with the description that the double-coconut looks like “a lady’s buttocks”. You know my dear friend from our Biology Department, the ever-courteous and gentlemanly Dr Shawn Lum. He puts it more delicately thus, “Some people say that the Coco-de-Mer resembles a part of a lady’s anatomy”.

While it is more delicately phrased, I think it is even more suggestive!

Incidentally, do you know we almost become NUT employees! Luckily, the powers-that-be decided to call us Nanyang Technological University (NTU) rather than Nanyang University of Technology (NUT).

Imagine being called a NUT graduate/ lecturer when standing next to a NUS graduate/lecturer!

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2000
Tan Wee Kiat

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Written by Ivan Chew

5 October, 2007 at 5:55 am

Posted in Year 2000