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Is a banana a fruit or a herb?

Surely the banana is a fruit, isn't it? The answer is not quite as clear cut as you might have thought.

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Is a coconut a nut?

Since it's called coconut it must be a nut, right? The answer actually depends on who you'd ask this question.

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Is a daddy-long-legs a spider?

There are actually three different creatures which go by the name of daddy-long-legs. Are they all spiders? If not, how would they be classified?

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Is a jellyfish a fish?

The key's in the name – or is it? Are jellyfish actually fish? This article explains why not.

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Is an olive a fruit?

Are olives fruits or vegetables? The answer depends on who you ask. Here we discuss the controversy, and explain what it means to offer someone an olive branch.

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Is a nut a fruit?

Liven up the small talk next time you're passing round nuts at a party with an informed answer to that essential question - is a nut a fruit?

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Is a penguin a bird?

Penguins can't fly and we typically associate birds with soaring through the air – which begs the question: are penguins really birds?

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Is a rabbit a rodent?

Does the rabbit belong to the same family as mice, guinea-pigs, and chipmunks? It's a little more complicated than that.

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Is a thumb a finger?

Have you ever wondered whether a thumb was a finger or something else entirely? No? Well, we have got the answer anyway.

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Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?

The confusion about whether the tomato is a fruit or a vegetable arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. We shed some light on the issue.