Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Questions and Estrogen Don't Mix

Last week, after picking up the 1st One and the Wild Child from school, a heated debate erupted from the back seat. This is not new news. It happens almost daily. The new part was the topic of disagreement.

The Wild Child asked if ducks have tongues. The 1st One insists that they do because she has seen a duck's tongue before. The Wild Child of course is not convinced that her sister is right. Then the "you're stupids" and the "I hate yous" are flying before I can even begin to say, "I don't know if ducks have tongues, but we can look it up as soon as we get home." Fortunately they mellowed until the Wild Child and her inquisitive brain decided to try one more time to start World War 3. In her sweet little voice she asks, "Mom......Are pandas bears?" Once again before I can respond the 1st One is answering with, "Panda-BEAR, Polar-BEAR, they are BEARS!" You know that infuriated the Wild Child and the insults were flying again. I just don't get enough of that, so before my head exploded, I explained we would look that up to when we got home and there was to be no more talking. Finally, two seconds peace.

So if you are wondering......All birds have tongues, even ducks. As for the panda, well, scientists don't seem to be able to agree either. Some say they are more like raccoons and others say they are more like bears. Fortunately, that was acceptable to my girls.

9 comments:

orangemily said...

I'm learning new things everyday!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Good thing they werent arguing about a platypus or armadillo or possum. And all birds have tongues...well who would've figured. Interesting indeed!

Oh wait--Does that mean a duck can taste that I've just thrown him moldy bread? Whoops.

Stacy said...

Too bad she didnt ask if Koala's are bears because I know that one! The are just Koalas and not bears. But I know - No one asked for my input!

Nancy said...

You're so good that you actually looked it up -- my kids are alwaysa asking things I don't know and I'm like, "We'll look it up" -- which we never do. What kind of a mother am I? I love picturing these little scenarios of yours even more now that I can really picture your two little spit fires.

Jen said...

Oh the things that we talk about in the car.

carrielt said...

I have a question for them to ask you....what are male ladybugs called?

Flea said...

Yay! All birds have tongues!

Karen said...

It's not just the estrogen. Apparently that happens with testosterone, too. Ask me how I know.

cat said...

Clever mom - resort to Wikipedia!