:: trivia retrieved ::

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


Written by Ivan Chew

5 October, 2007 at 5:55 am

Posted in Year 2000

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  1. I’ve heard of another NUT – I think it was found in Sim Wong Hoo’s book “Chaotic Thoughts from the old millenium”. There’s an article inside where he talked about the NO U-TURN SYNDROME (NUTS)in Singapore. That’s a very good article – I almost forgot everything else he wrote already, but I can still remember this NUTS story.


    9 October, 2007 at 8:11 pm

  2. Thanks for the reminder about this NUTS story. I think Sim Wong Hoo’s book is one of the most original publications i have read — and very inspiring too because he overcame the disadvantages of a very poor childhood to become
    what he is today.


    10 October, 2007 at 1:33 pm

  3. A cashew is not a nut either, it is a seed.

    While the peanut is a legume….


    12 October, 2007 at 4:27 am

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