Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday: The Letter P

Pignoses


When they twirl through the air they may be called helicopters or spinning jennies or Sycamore keys or Samaras or seeds from a sycamore maple tree or lönnäsa, maple nose in English or whirlybirds or whirligigs.

But when you opened one and put it on your nose we called them Pignoses.




22 comments:

  1. Fascinating! I never have opened one yet!
    Thanks so much
    Denise
    ABC Team

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  2. Never knew about that. Phascinating post! Have a great week. :D

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  3. I love the sequence of pictures, it's a process of creation art! :)
    Léia

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  4. How fun!! I never knew about this either! Great post and photos for the P Day! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  5. How Punny!
    Very clever and great photos besides.

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  6. Beautiful photos. These whirlybirds actually look alive as if they could fly!

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  7. I'd never heard this word before. When we had our nursery there was a giant maple that would provide thousands upon thousands of what we called "helicopters" every year. It was fun to demonstrate their flight to the youngsters who would remember our "helicopters" year to year!

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  8. We called them "helicopters" but never opened them and put them on my nose, I guess I will have to try that next time. Never ever heard them called Pignoses before.

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  9. great post. we wait till they dry up and then smush them against eachother and yell out, 'captain crunch'.... the kids could do this for hours.

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  10. OH YES! I remember making pignoses. :)

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  11. I never knew that, though I have those things in my yard RIGHT NOWE waiting to be raked up.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  12. I had no idea there was a word for those things. We love watching them helicopter down after we throw them
    http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2010/11/abc-wednesday-p.html

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  13. So those fun little things have a name! Thank You.

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  14. Never thought about putting them on the nose - that will be my next project! Beautiful photos.

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  15. Thanks for this fun fact!

    I love learning new things.

    -Nathalie

    If you have time, do drop by:

    My Entry

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  16. My girls love these! And yes...they put them on their noses. Great shots!

    Erika B

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  17. Oh, this was fun!
    Lönnäsa??
    Då förstår du svenska!
    Jag var lat och bara skrev på engelska den här gången. Men i fortsättningen kommer jag att skriva en parallelltext på svenska igen.
    Purrs/Nospussar
    Sara Cat/Katt

    Sara Cat's abcWED-round-7-P

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  18. Oh I'm sorry. I thought you were Swedish. I was wrong.
    Purrs,
    Sara Cat
    Sara Cat's abcWED-round-7-P

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  19. Such a fascinating seed coat, especially for children. We called them "helicopters". :-)

    My ABC Wednesday

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  20. Love the photos, especially the second. The lighting is fascinating.
    We called them maple wings.
    (Sycamores here have prickly balls that hang on the bare branches long after the leaves fall)

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