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A strawberry isn't an actual berry, but a banana is.

A strawberry is not an actual berry, but a banana is.

By technical definition, a berry is a fleshy fruit produced from a single seed. The strawberry, however has its dry, yellow "seeds" on the outside (each of which is actually considered a separate fruit). True berries, such as blueberries and cranberries have seeds inside. However, the banana fruit is a berry for the same reason strawberries are not.

There is a theory that strawberries were named by 19th century children who picked the fruit, strung them on grass straws, and sold them as "Straws of berries".

Blue eyes are a genetic mutation.

Having blue eyes is actually a mutation. Before the mutation occurred, all humans had brown eyes.

Biology nerds know that these mutations often occur in the womb. In this case, the OCA2 gene, which is also involved in the production of melanin, is disrupted to make the eyes blue rather than brown.
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The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in jello.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing their hands in Jello.

As a punishment for misbehavior, Thai cops have to wear pink Hello Kitty armbands.

A police chief in Bangkok, Thailand instituted a new policy for Bangkok cops in 2007. They have to wear pink Hello Kitty armbands with hearts on them as punishment for misbehaving. This punishment could be for just about anything: breaking the law, littering, showing up late to work, parking in the wrong place.

"This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor. Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It's not something macho police officers want covering their biceps.

In early experiments, the unconventional punishment hasn't worked. Instead of feeling shame, the officers just took them home as souvenirs.
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